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Julia is a postdoctoral fellow in the Malaria Programme. In her project she investigates which proteins are important for malaria parasites to invade the mosquito salivary gland. This step is essential for parasite transmission to humans and understanding the underlying mechanisms can help to identify new drug- and vaccine targets.

I joined the labs of Gavin Wright and Julian Rayner in the Sanger Institute Malaria Programme in 2013. In my project I am working with mosquito stages of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Plasmodium ookinetes and sporozoites have to travel from the midgut of the mosquito into the salivary gland to be transmitted to a human host. However, our knowledge on how the parasite reaches and invades the salivary gland is quite limited. The aim of my project is to identify novel and essential interactions between parasite and mosquito proteins, which could provide new targets to block transmission of malaria.

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