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Malaria research: Portugal

Group members (from left to right):

Usama Dabbas (PhD student), usama.dabbas(at)med.uni-heidelberg.de

Carrie Anderson (technician), carrie.anderson(at)med.uni-heidelberg.de

Hannah Fleckenstein (PhD student), hannah.fleckenstein(at)med.uni-heidelberg.de

Sukai Ceesay (PhD student), sukai.ceesay(at)med.uni-heidelberg.de

Carolina Andrade (PhD student), carolina.andrade(at)med.uni-heidelberg.de

Silvia Portugal, Ph.D. (group leader), silvia.portugal(at)med.uni-heidelberg.de

Karen Rodriguez (intern; alumna)

Richard Thomson Luque, MD (Postdoc), richard.thomson-luque(at)med.uni-heidelberg.de

not in the picture:

Nathália Ferreira Lima, Ph.D. (Postdoc, on parental leave), nathalia.ferreira-lima(at)med.uni-heidelberg.de

Lasse Novél (PhD student), lasse.novel(at)med.uni-heidelberg.de 

Current projects of the Portugal lab

Exploring asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum: Targeting the dry season reservoir of infection

The project aims to explore the biology of asymptomatic P. falciparum parasites and its interactions with the human host during the dry season that ensure that the parasite is not cleared and can be transmitted in the next transmission season. The main interests are: 1) Compare the properties and function of P. falciparum parasites from asymptomatic individuals during the dry season versus symptomatic individuals during the malaria season; 2) Determine the kinetics of gametocyte carriage throughout the dry season; and 3) scrutinize internal signals and/or environmental cues promoting proliferation and gametocytogenesis when the mosquito vector returns during the rainy season.

DZIF Seminar Series

organized by Silvia Portugal

How to get in touch:

Photo: Medienzentrum, UKHD

Silvia Portugal, Ph.D.

Centre for Infectious Diseases, Parasitology Unit
Heidelberg University Hospital 
Im Neuenheimer Feld 324 (office & labs in INF 345)
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Tel. +49 (0)6221 56-5047 (office) / -5386 (lab) / -6684 & -7812 (staff members)