Novel real-time, quantitative imaging approaches for studying malaria

Novel real-time, quantitative imaging approaches for studying malaria

Project details

Real-time imaging of red blood cell infection by the malaria parasite will help guide vaccine and drug development. However, live cell and quantitative microscopy approaches remain a significant challenge due to the small size of the parasite and because host cell interactions are highly dynamic. 

The aim of this project is to develop adaptive feedback microscopy techniques, by the use of online image analysis to automatically identify and capture different stages of blood cell infection by the malaria parasite. The project would suit students with a strong interest in engineering or computer programming. 

New insights gained about malaria biology at the blood cell stage of the malaria life cycle will significantly impact on the prevention and treatment of this major global health problem.

 

About our research group

The Centre for Dynamic Imaging is a research-based technology platform for researchers at the institute who need access to cutting edge fluorescence microscopy techniques. Our interdisciplinary team develops and applies live cell imaging and automated image analysis routines that are tailored to studies on host-pathogen interactions, immune disorders and cancer. A major goal of our lab is to automate the capture of biological imaging data and provide a basis for more robust quantitative analyses.

Further reading:
Volz, Yap, Siquella et al.. Essential role of the PfRh5/PfRipr/CyRPA Complex during Plasmodium falciparum invasion of erythrocytes. Cell Host & Microbe, 2016, 20(1):60-71.
Riglar et al. Localisation-based imaging of malarial antigens during erythrocyte entry reaffirms a role for AMA1 but not MTRAP in invasion. J Cell Sci. 2016, 129(1):228-242. 

Researchers:

Dr Kelly Rogers

Dr Kelly Rogers
Dr
Kelly
Rogers
Head, Imaging Laboratory
Dr Lachlan Whitehead
Dr
Lachlan
Whitehead
Systems Biology and Personalised Medicine division
Dr Niall Geoghegan profile picture
Dr
Niall
Geoghegan
Systems Biology and Personalised Medicine division

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