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The biology of malaria is complex and involves three interacting organisms: the malaria parasite Plasmodium, the Anopheles mosquito vector, and the human host. Targeting any of these interactions could stop the transmission of the disease. Our research teams study a variety of biological aspects of malaria, comprising all three organisms and their interactions.

Labs at a Glance


The Dimopoulos Lab 

Mosquitoes that transmit human pathogens 


The Sinnis Lab 

The infective stage of the malaria parasite, sporozoites

The Jacobs-Lorena Lab

Gene-editing for malaria control in the mosquito  


The McMeniman Lab 

Mosquito attraction to human scent  


The Prigge Lab 

Malaria apicoplast and mitochondrial proteins 

The Sullivan Lab 

Malaria diagnosis and therapeutics 

Areas of Study 


Our scientists study the population biology of mosquito disease vectors and their molecular interaction with human pathogens such as the Plasmodium parasite that causes malaria and the virus that causes dengue.

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Our investigators study the cellular and molecular events that enable the malaria parasite to live and replicate in its mosquito and mammalian hosts. 



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Our work in immunology and vaccine development includes evaluation of new vaccine platforms and immunization procedures and will help pave the way for efficient anti-malaria vaccines.


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Our researchers are looking at the epidemiology of malaria alongside the Southern Africa International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research.



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