The aims of this project include identifying the key targets of protective immunity against malaria, and quantifying the importance of specific mechanisms mediating immunity.This knowledge is used to inform the development of highly protective and long lasting vaccines
The project combines detailed studies of immune responses with clinical studies of children and adults who live in malaria-endemic regions. In these studies, we use innovative approaches to understand how antibodies neutralise and clear malaria parasites in the blood (including interactions with monocytes, macrophages and natural killer cells) and identifying the specific epitopes targeted by protective antibodies. The project may involve assays of functional immunity, cell culture, isolation and analysis of immune cells, flow cytometry, western blotting, ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), and epitope mapping.
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