Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Research Fellow (Sir Henry Dale Fellow)



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603Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Child lab Research Interests

Our lab uses modern chemical biology techniques to increase our understanding of the basic biology of intracellular pathogens such as Toxoplasma and Plasmodium.

We use drug-like small molecules to ask questions about the interaction of these pathogenic organisms with their chosen host-cell. We do this in the belief that by increasing our understanding we will be better equipped to target and therapeutically treat infections that impact human health.

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About Dr. Matthew Child

Matthew studied for a PhD in molecular parasitology with Prof. Mike Blackman at the National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK. Afterhis  PhD, he moved to the USA to continue his academic career as a post-doc in the chemical biology-focused laboratory of Prof. Matt Bogyo at Stanford University, California.

Following his return to the UK, Matthew was awarded a Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, allowing him to initiate his independent research career and lab at Imperial College London.



May DA, Taha F, Child MA, et al., 2023, How colonization bottlenecks, tissue niches, and transmission strategies shape protozoan infections, Trends in Parasitology, Vol:39, ISSN:0169-4758, Pages:1074-1086

Benns HJ, Storch M, Falco JA, et al., 2022, CRISPR-based oligo recombineering prioritizes apicomplexan cysteines for drug discovery., Nat Microbiol

Kolli SK, Molina-Cruz A, Araki T, et al., 2022, Malaria parasite evades mosquito immunity by glutaminyl cyclase-mediated posttranslational protein modification., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, Vol:119

Wincott CJ, Sritharan G, Benns HJ, et al., 2022, Cellular barcoding of protozoan pathogens reveals the within-host population dynamics of Toxoplasma gondii host colonization, Cell Reports Methods, Vol:2, ISSN:2667-2375, Pages:1-16

Jeffers V, Child MA, 2022, No acetyl-CoA keeps <i>Plasmodium</i> at bay, Cell Chemical Biology, Vol:29, ISSN:2451-9456, Pages:174-176

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