Imperial College London

Professor George K. Christophides

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Professor of Infectious Diseases & Immunity
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 5342g.christophides

 
 
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Location

 

6167Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Overview

Visit the laboratory website for more details: www.vigilab.org

 Our research focuses on vector-borne diseases, including those caused by parasites and viruses. We are particularly interested on the interactions between the innate immune system of disease vectors and the pathogens. Our central focus is malaria, which threatens almost half of the global population and kills about 700,000 people every year, mostly children below 5 in sub-Saharan Africa. It is caused by the protozoan parasite, Plasmodium, which is transmitted to humans through Anopheles mosquitoes. For our research we use the full suite of tools available to modern biological research including genomics, functional genomics, population genetics, reverse genetics, molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics, integrated in a systems biology framework.

Funding

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We are currently funded by the Wellcome Trust, the European Commission, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation.

Visit the laboratory website for more details: VigilLab Funding

Collaborators

Professor Sinden, Life Sciences, Imperial College London

Professor Kenneth Olson, Colorado State University, Vector-borne infectious viral diseases

Professor Kafatos, Imperial College London, Immunogenomics

Frank H. Collins, University of Notre Dame