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Research Projects

Project: Social networking and malaria parasite / Quorum sensing in malaria parasites

Day Group

Quorum sensing is an altruistic phenomenon in which individual unicellular microorganisms collectively change their behaviour by responding to local population density through the release and receipt of diffusible small molecules known as quorum-sensing molecules. This altruistic phenomenon, to preserve the species rather than the individual, has been studied extensively in prokaryotic systems and recently there are reports in yeasts and protozoa. Quorum-sensing like behaviour by Plasmodium falciparum that regulates population size by programmed cell death is under investigation in our laboratory using biochemical and multi-omics analysis.

Project site: Bio21 Institute

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Project Supervisor

Professor Karen Day

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Master of Biomedical Science

Day Group

8 vacancies

Bacterial and Parasitic Infections
Cross Cutting Disciplines
Computational Science and Genomics
Global Health
Public Health

Professor Karen Day runs a multidisciplinary malaria research group that utilises molecular epidemiology to study the role that variation in human, parasite, and vector genomes plays in modulating transmission dynamics of Plasmodium spp. She is also interested in cell-to-cell communication in malaria parasites to alter population behaviour. She has a strong track record in interdisciplinary training of the next generation of infectious disease epidemiologists.