Parasite Genetics and Adaption - Project B4
Tubulin - S Novel Lead to Antimalarial Drug Discovery
Host lab: Simone Reber (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Key words: Microtubules, in vitro reconstitution, microtubule-binding agents
Methodology: Advanced microscopy, in vitro reconstitution, protein biochemistry, quantitative biology
The highly dynamic microtubule cytoskeleton plays an essential role in the structural integrity of malarial parasites. Consistent with its important role, microtubule-disruptive drugs have great potential as anti-malarial agents. The current therapeutic options of microtubule-disruptive drugs, however, are limited by their high toxicity to mammalian cells. The aim of this PhD project is to characterise Plasmodium tubulin biochemically and biophysically in order to improve its druggability and to advance the potential of Plasmodium tubulin as anti-malarial.
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We are looking for highly qualified candidates with a master’s degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics or equivalent - particularly those experienced in protein biochemistry and/or microscopy and image analysis are invited to apply.
The Australian National University
Research School of Biology
134 Linnaeus Way
Canberra - Acton ACT 2601
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6