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Institute of Parasitology

Research at IPZ

Malaria Transmission Lab

Malaria is one of the most important life-threatening infectious diseases in humans, causing over 400,000 deaths per year. While Plasmodium falciparum dominates in sub-Saharan Africa, P. vivax is responsible for most cases in many regions of Asia and South America. Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic decline in malaria cases and deaths worldwide. However, drug resistance is spreading in both parasite and vector species. The malaria parasite cycle is complex and occurs in both mammalian and mosquito hosts. Our lab uses a "systems parasitology" approach to study different aspects of parasite transmission from human (and animal) to mosquito in order to find new ways to combat malaria. Contact Prof. M. Marti

Molecular Parasitology

The main interests of our laboratory are the cell biology and biochemistry of protozoa (pathogenic protozoa), especially Giardia lamblia and Toxoplasma gondii. We investigate the molecular mechanisms and structures of host-parasite interactions relevant to the transfer of parasites to a new host. Pathogenic protozoa are parasitic single cells that interact with complex multicellular organisms at local and systemic levels. They are fascinating model systems and offer almost unlimited opportunities for the experimental study of basic systems and cell biology related to host-parasite coevolution. Contact Prof. A. Hehl

Veterinary Parasitology

Our research focuses on various aspects of parasitic infections of domestic and farm animals, with the aim of improving animal health , welfare and productivity.
We study the parasitic diseases induced by pathological and pathophysiological processes, develop and study the performance of diagnostic tools and identify appropriate therapies and control measures. We are particularly specialised in lungworms and intestinal parasites of domestic animals and in parasite management in horses and small ruminants. Contact: Dr. M. Schnyder

Vector Entomology

Infectious agents transmitted by arthropods (insects, ticks) are becoming increasingly important, also in Europe. Our research unit, established in 2007, focuses on experimental and descriptive research on various aspects (biology, physiology, vector capacity, high-throughput molecular identification with mass spectrometry, spatio-temporal distribution) of native and invasive arthropod vectors. Contact  Prof. A. Mathis

National Vector Entomology Centre (NZVE)

The NZVE is the specialist centre for arthropod vectors in animals financed by the FSVO (Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office) and the reference laboratory for animal disease and zoonosis-associated vectors. With its activities, the centre plays a central role in the early detection of vector-borne animal diseases and zoonoses. To this end, the NZVE conducts application-oriented research (experimental, descriptive) and ensures expertise in the detection of vectors in Switzerland. Kontakt: Prof. A. Mathis

Zoonosen & Translational Research