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 seminars


16th april 2015

Dr Anthony HOLDER

MRC, National Institute for Medical Research

London - United Kingdom

Cell polarity in malaria parasites: Myosin B and its unusual light chain at the apical end


7th May 2015


Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, University of Georgia

Athens - USA

Time to tackle Cryptosporidiosis


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Next internal seminar


9th April 2015

Laura MAC-DANIEL (Post-doc)

Malaria Biology and Genetics (BGP)


Further studies on live attenuated Plasmodium parasites as malaria vaccine




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