Imperial College London

Professor George K. Christophides

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Professor of Infectious Diseases & Immunity



+44 (0)20 7594 5342g.christophides




6167Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





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I received my PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Athens and continued my research career as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany. I moved to Imperial College London in 2005, where I am currently Professor and Chair of Infectious Disease and Immunity. I am also Adjunct Professor and Associate Dean at the Cyprus Institute, Cyprus. I am interested in the biology of infectious diseases, especially vector-borne, and how this may be affected by human interventions and the changing environment. Through my research, I wish to contribute to public health innovations and in improving human life. In addition to directing the VigiLab, I am convening a final year course at Imperial College on Advanced Topics in Infection and Immunity and lecturing in Immunology and in Advanced Topics in Parasitology and Vector Biology courses.



Nakhleh J, Christophides GK, Osta MA, 2017, The serine protease homolog CLIPA14 modulates the intensity of the immune response in the mosquito Anopheles gambiae, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol:292, ISSN:0021-9258, Pages:18217-18226

Ukegbu CV, Akinosoglou KA, Christophides GK, et al., 2017, Plasmodium berghei PIMMS2 Promotes Ookinete Invasion of the Anopheles gambiae Mosquito Midgut, Infection and Immunity, Vol:85, ISSN:0019-9567

Ukegbu CV, Giorgalli M, Yassine H, et al., 2017, Plasmodium berghei P47 is essential for ookinete protection from the Anopheles gambiae complement-like response, Scientific Reports, Vol:7, ISSN:2045-2322

Rodgers FH, Gendrin M, Wyer CAS, et al., 2017, Microbiota-induced peritrophic matrix regulates midgut homeostasis and prevents systemic infection of malaria vector mosquitoes, Plos Pathogens, Vol:13, ISSN:1553-7366

Habtewold T, Groom Z, Christophides GK, 2017, Immune resistance and tolerance strategies in malaria vector and non-vector mosquitoes, Parasites & Vectors, Vol:10, ISSN:1756-3305

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