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Our Research

As a class of pathogens parasites tend to establish chronic infections.  This means that they have adapted intricate mechanisms of avoiding host immune responses, limiting tissue damage, and modulating their immediate surrounding to support their presence. By understanding how they adapt themselves to their environment, we stand to learn important information about host tissues they colonize. We have a particular interest in how parasites interfere with and manipulate the host ubiquitin-proteasome system.

We currently focus on two organisms: the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, and  the nematode Trichinella spiralis.



Dr Katerina Artavanis-Tsakonas

Principal Investigator


Bradley Nash

PhD Student

Cameron Smith

PhD Student


Carla Briggs

PhD Student

Mohsen Hajisadeghian
Postdoctoral Research

Gabriel Ferrante
MPhil Student