Parasites and Insect Vectors (PIV)

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The Department of Parasites and Insect Vectors dedicates its research activities to protozoan parasites, fungi and blood-feeding insect hosts/vectors. Three parasites are studied, namely Plasmodium spp, Leishmania spp and Trypanosoma brucei, causing malaria, leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness, respectively. Research activities on fungi concern Aspergillus fumigatus and Cryptococcus neoformans, two major respiratory pathogens. Research activities on insect vectors are centered on Anopheles mosquitoes, vectors of the malaria parasites but the development of trypanosomes in the Glossina (tsetse fly) is also investigated.



The Department’s scientific objectives are to dissect the relationships between these eukaryotic microorganisms, their hosts and their environment in order to develop novel approaches and tools aimed at preventing, controlling and treating these infections and diseases. Basic research on pathogen and blood-feeding insect vector biology is combined with drug discovery programs, vaccine clinical trials and field-based studies.


Departement seminars

Calendar for first semester 2015



Next external seminar


4th June 2015

Dr Didier LEROY

Medicines for Malaria Venture, Genève - Suisse

Addressing the malaria eradication agenda with next-generation antimalarials: Medicines for Malaria Venture’s R&D portfolio


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Next internal seminars


28th May 2015


Molecular parasitology and Signaling (PARSIG)

New insight into Leishmania-macrophage interaction and parasite immune-subversion combining qPCR, live high-content imaging and scanning EM studies


11th June 2015

Aneesh VIJAYAN (Post-doc)

Malaria Parasite Biology and Vaccines (BPV)

A novel approach to deliver CD8 T based malaria vaccines



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