Dr Justin Boddey
Infection and Immunity Division
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Licensing opportunitiesCo-investment opportunities:
2014 Burnet Prize
Research ActivitiesCell biology of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum across the lifecycle, including gametocytes, ookinetes, sporozoites and liver stages.
Techniques/ExpertiseMy laboratory recapitulates the lifecycle of Plasmodium falciparum to study the molecular mechanisms of infection and the pathogenesis of malaria. We study the development and transmission of gametocytes to mosquitoes and how parasites injected by mosquitoes infect human liver cells and survive inside them. This provides unparalleled avenues to study basic biology that is fundamental to malaria transmission and virulence in humans. Our aim is to develop new therapies that reduce the incidence of malaria. We are developing novel antimalarials and a vaccine.
CollaborationsMerck Pharmaceuticals, USA
Prof Maria Mota, Portugal
Prof Chris Janse, The Netherlands
Dr Rhoel Dinglasan, USA
Dr Philip Jost, Germany
Prof James Whisstock, Monash University
Dr Chris Tonkin, WEHI
Dr Ethan Goddard-Borger, WEHI
Disease ModelsHumanized mouse model of human liver stage malaria with P. falciparum
Genetically Modified OrganismsPlasmodium spp.
Other Lab MembersDr Brad Sleebs