Doctor Rasika Kumarasingha

Research Officer


A global disease like malaria has put 40% of the world’s population at risk for many decades. With increasing resistance to both drugs and insecticides, malaria is becoming more difficult to treat; making the development of a vaccine essential. The complex lifecycle of Plasmodium parasites has asexual blood stage parasites that cause the symptoms of malaria.

These asexual stages of the parasite are considered as possible stages for vaccine targets, specially merozoites stage. Merozoites are the parasite form that invades host erythrocytes. The mechanism of merozoite invasion and the merozoite proteins involve in invasion process is not fully understood.

Rasika is interested in identifying key proteins involved in plasmodium parasite merozoite invasion and their sequence of action in order to identify possible vaccine targets.

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