The Department of Parasitology consists of an interdisciplinary group of basic and clinical scientists who focus on understanding host-parasite interactions at the molecular, cellular and population level. The knowledge gained is being applied to achieve the Department’s mission of contributing to 1) development of effective vaccines against parasitic diseases and 2) identification of parasite-derived immune modulatory molecules to control hyper-inflammatory diseases.
We are developing vaccines against malaria and helminth infections in order to participate in the global fight against poverty-related and neglected diseases and we seek to develop immune modulatory molecules based on fundamental knowledge of parasite-host interactions to combat asthma and type 2 diabetes.
Read more about research focused on Immunological basis of host-parasite interactions: co-infections and its relationship with modern inflammatory diseases.
Read more about research focused on parasite- (and host-) glycoconjugates: their identification, their potential as drug targets or vaccine candidates, and their role in host-parasite interactions, with special emphasis on schistosomiasis.
Read more about malaria research: development of vaccines, identification of new drug targets and vaccine candidates and the analysis of molecular mechanisms of host-parasite interactions that are associated with disease.
Read more about our research focused on development and application of novel diagnostic approaches for (mostly intestinal) protozoa and helminths with the aim to understand clinical presentation and transmission patterns in endemic settings.