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.



Debalke S, Habtewold T, Christophides GK, et al., 2020, Stability of the effect of silencing fibronectin type III domain-protein 1 (FN3D1) gene on Anopheles arabiensis reared under different breeding site conditions, Parasites & Vectors, Vol:13, ISSN:1756-3305

Witmer K, Fraschka S, Vlachou D, et al., 2020, An epigenetic map of malaria parasite development from host to vector, Scientific Reports, Vol:10, ISSN:2045-2322

James SL, Marshall JM, Christophides GK, et al., 2020, Toward the definition of efficacy and safety criteria for advancing gene drive-modified mosquitoes to field testing, Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Vol:20, ISSN:1530-3667, Pages:237-251

Ukegbu CV, Giorgalli M, Tapanelli S, et al., 2020, PIMMS43 is required for malaria parasite immune evasion and sporogonic development in the mosquito vector, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of Usa, Vol:117, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:7363-7373

Habtewold T, Sharma AA, Wyer CAS, et al., 2020, Plasmodium oocysts respond with dormancy to crowding and nutritional stress

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