Function of Molecular Chaperones in the Export & Display of Parasite Proteins

Chaperones play an essential role in the folding and display of proteins. The malaria parasite exports virulence factors to the surface of its host cell, which have to be unfolded and folded during this transport. In addition we look at the role of chaperones in the protection of the parasite during fever episodes. By imaging and modifying these processes we aim to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. This in turn could enable us to interfere and find new ways to combat malaria.

Location: La Trobe University, Bundoora campus
Supervisor: Dr Alex Maier

Further Information for Applicants: 
Applications may be made by students who have completed at least 3 years of a Relevant BSc degree. Application forms are available from the CXS Available Scholarships webpage.

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