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Malaria Genetics or Host-Parasite Interaction

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

A position is available immediately for an outstanding candidate to study host responses to malaria infection in the in Malaria Functional Genomics Section (MFGS). The main interests in the MFGS are the mechanisms and regulation of host responses and pathogenesis during malaria parasite infections. We utilize genetic/genomic, immunological, and molecular biological approaches to study host genes in various signaling pathways and to identify parasite genes that contribute to parasite development and virulence. Several projects to study parasite genes in drug resistance and malarial anemia as well as host genes in regulating host immune responses are available. Please visit our website for more details on our research (


Applicants should have obtained a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree within the past five years and have experience in the study of innate immunity, immunopathology, genetic mapping, and/or genetic manipulation of malaria parasites. Preferred candidates will have experience in studying pathways of interferon signaling, hematopoiesis, or genetic modification of the parasite genome. Strong writing and speaking skills are also of critical importance.

To Apply:

Please submit a CV and cover letter with a brief description of research experience and interests, and three letters of reference to Dr. Xin-zhuan Su,

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