Doctor Ricardo Ataíde

Research Officer


Dr Ataíde is a Research Officer in Dr Jack Richards' group.

His main research interests are the immunopathological processes that occur in the placenta during malaria in pregnancy, and epidemiological aspects of malaria with expertise in what concerns the study of serology and mechanisms of immunity and pathogenicity.

Dr Ataíde is also developing the necessary GIS skills that will enable him to address the impact of geo-spatial features on the sero-epidemiology of malaria and other infectious diseases.

Students at all levels are encouraged to contact Dr. Ataide regarding opportunities in all aspects of his work.

Dr. Ataíde completed his university degree in Biotechnology Engineering in 2004 in Portugal. He then worked in Angola as project manager for an HIV and STD clinic for six months before returning to Portugal to join Dr Maria Mota’s malaria lab in 2005.

He conducted his PhD studies at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia with Professor Stephen Rogerson looking at the impact of HIV on the acquisition of immunity to malaria during pregnancy.

After completion of his PhD studies in 2011 he worked as a postdoc in Edinburgh with Dr Alex Rowe; at São Paulo, Brazil with Dr Claudio Marinho, and for three and a half years at Burnet Institute with Associate Professor Freya Fowkes' group.


  • 2017-present: Research officer, Malaria and Tropical Diseases group, Burnet Institute
  • 2014-2017: Research officer, Malaria and Infectious Disease Epidemiology group, Burnet Institute
  • 2014-present: Research officer, Malaria and Infectious Disease Epidemiology group, Burnet Institute
  • 2012-2014: Postdoctoral Scientist, Professor Cláudio Marinho’s laboratory, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2011: Postdoctoral Scientist in Professor Alex J. Rowe’s lab, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 2007-2011: Doctoral candidate enrolled at the University of Porto, Portugal. All research was conducted at the Department of Medicine of the University of Melbourne, Australia under the supervision of Prof Stephen J. Rogerson
  • 2005-2006: Laboratory Technician in Prof. Maria M. Mota’s lab, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2004: HIV/STD clinic supervisor at the Portuguese Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPMP), an NGO in Angola, under the supervision of Dr Manuel Pedro (

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