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Video by SciShow on how an ancient remedy (Artemisinin) became a modern cure for malaria

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The story behind Artemisinin as malaria drug

Follow scientist Tu Youyou (Nobel Prize in 2015) on her search for a remedy for malaria.

Talk by F. Frischknecht: Why have we not been able to eradicate malaria?

Follow Freddy, Professor for Integrative Parasitology at our department, who, in 2014, gave this very insightful talk. His lecture, together with plenty of others, has kindly been made available to the public by EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) Heidelberg as part of their virtual seminar series "Infectious Disease and Society".

Podcast: Highlights of higher education research - episode 5 on junior scientists in Germany / Podcast: Schlaglichter der Hochschulforschung - Folge 5 zum wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs in Deutschland

A career in science is characterized by a high level of commitment, and the path is often accompanied by uncertainties in employment. The Federal Report on Young Scientists (BuWiN) is therefore published once every legislative period to provide the latest figures on the doctoral and post-doctoral phase as well as the career paths, employment conditions and professional prospects for young scientists in Germany. In this podcast episode, our group leader Freddy Frischknecht also has his say to give some insight into the situation in the life sciences.


Eine Karriere in der Wissenschaft ist gekennzeichnet von hohem Arbeitseinsatz, der Weg ist oft begleitet von Unsicherheiten in den Beschäftigungsverhältnissen. Der Bundesbericht Wissenschaftlicher Nachwuchs (BuWiN) erscheint daher einmal pro Legislaturperiode, um die neuesten Zahlen zur Promotions- und Post-Doc-Phase sowie den Karrierewegen, Beschäftigungsbedingungen und beruflichen Perspektiven für Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler in Deutschland zu liefern. In dieser Podcast-Folge kommt auch unser AG-Leiter Freddy Frischknecht zu Wort, um einen Einblick in die Situation in den Biowissenschaften zu geben.

TED Talk by F. Osier: "The key to a better malaria vaccine" / TED Talk von F. Osier: "Der Schlüssel zu einem besseren Malaria-Impfstoff" (nur auf Englisch)

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Publication details: October 2018 via YouTube (filmed at TED conference 2018, Vancouver).

Our group leader Faith Osier was selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 20 change-makers from around the world who delivered a talk on the TED stage in April 2018 in Vancouver. Since October 2018 her talk has been available on the TED Homepage and YouTube.

 About TED: TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.              

Podcast with spotlight on tropical diseases /  Podcast mit Fokus auf Tropenkrankheiten (nur auf Englisch)

Publication details: June 2017, eLIFE podcast, episode 39        

In this special episode the podcast discusses diseases that are common in tropical countries including tuberculosis, Zika, malaria and schistosomiasis.

Here especially: Malaria parasites on the move.

A protein called TRP1 allows the parasites that cause malaria to move inside mosquitos. This chapter is based on a recent research article by the Frischknecht group.

Podcast "Science off Camera" - Episode 41 with F. Frischknecht

Publication details: 27 September 2021, Science off Camera podcast, episode 41

In the interview our group leader Freddy Frischknecht takes us back to the beginnings of his scientific career as young student in Berlin and unravels the secret how he ended up in malaria research. Of course he also tells us about his current research and what is so fascinating about it. 

Malaria Minute Podcast - Episode of 17 June 2022 with Freddy Frischknecht (nur auf Englisch)

Publication details: Podcast by the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute (JHMRI) available since September 2021

In the episode of 17 June 2022 our group leader Freddy Frischknecht and his colleague Ulrich Schwarz "show" the malaria parasite up close, brought to life by cell biology and physics by describing the vortices-like movement of sporozoites and the benefits of interdisciplinary research.

But how about checking out the rest of episodes too, it's for sure worth it!

Podcast "The Life in Science" - Episode 3 with N. Kilian

Publication details: 21 September 2022, Life in Science podcast, episode 3

Our newest addition to the outreach activities of our department: Nicole Kilian, one of our group leaders, has been interviewed for “The Life in Science” podcast series by Arjun Udupa, MSc student in Molecular Biosciences at Heidelberg University. For this new podcast, which is available on spotify, Arjun interviews scientists from Heidelberg with different backgrounds and in different career stages. As listener you get a more personal insight and a better understanding on what drives a person to follow this for sure not easy career pathway. The podcast series is still rather young but we are positive Arjun is already now busily looking for the next batch of scientists to interview.  

Tune in to Arjun’s podcast! (especially the interview with Nicole, of course)

Marsilius Podcast with F. Frischknecht (in German)

Publikationsdaten: 27. März 2023, Marsilius Podcast, Episode 8

Über das „Phänomen Fieber“ und die Wirkung von Malaria diskutieren drei Marsilius-Fellows aus medizinischer, physikalischer und historischer Sicht. Friedrich Frischknecht (Parasitologie), Stefanie Gänger (Neuere Geschichte) und Ulrich Schwarz (Biophysik) befassen sich mit historischen wie gegenwärtigen Erklärungsansätzen, Präventions- und Heilmethoden für „Fieber“ sowie mit gesellschaftlichen Reaktionen, insbesondere auf epidemisch auftretende „Fieberkrankheiten“.