Professor Alex Rowe, Institute of Immunology and Infection Research, wins C.A. Wright Memorial Medal

Professor Alex Rowe is to be awarded the C. A. Wright medal from the British Society for Parasitology at their meeting in Cambridge in April. This is awarded to "recognise outstanding contributions to the discipline of parasitology".

Edinburgh has a great history of winners of this prestigious award-reflecting our impressive strength in parasite biology. Prof Michael Barrett (Glasgow) will also receive the award this year; exceptionally two awards were made based on the strength of candidates nominated-reinforcing Alex's achievement.

Prof Alex Rowe originally trained as a clinician, involving field work in Papua New Guinea. This stimulated her interest in parasites, which she pursued as a graduate student with Chris Newbold in Oxford. She became a Wellcome Senior Research Fellow in 2008 and was awarded a Personal Chair in Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 2009. 

The focus of her lab is investigating how Plasmodium falciparum infected red blood cells bind to human cells and cause disease.  Studying three major types of host-parasite interaction: rosetting of infected red cells with uninfected red cells; adhesion of infected red cells to Human Brain Endothelial Cells (HBEC-binding); and platelet-mediated lumping of infected red cells.

Many congratulations!

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