Edinburgh PhD student writes about his passion for malaria

Writing about malaria heroes - Alphonse Laveran

Chris Haggerty-Weir is a Universitas 21 PhD student currently completing the final 2 years of his studies into malaria in Edinburgh.  After spending 2 years at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia working with Alan Cowman, Chris is now working with Professor Paul Barlow in the School of Chemistry.  He is using NMR to solve the solution structure of a key Plasmodium protein that is invovled in parasite binding to host red blood cells, with the aim of improving rationally designed anti-malaria drugs and vaccines.

In his spare time Chris writes extensively about malaria and other aspects of science that interest him.  He has recently begun a new series of articles about some of the key figures in the modern history of malaria, starting with the French physician Dr. Charles Alphonse Laveran (right).  Laveran was the winner of the 1907 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries of parasitic protozoans as the causative agents of diseases such as malaria and trypanosomiasis.

And if you are interesting in writing about your own sicence, the Mostly Science website that Chris runs is always looking for articles, so get in touch!   Email him here.

Alphonse Laveran

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