The Baum lab has a wide range of interests covering every scale of biology and every stage of the malaria parasite lifecycle. This includes projects from: atomic level protein structure, targeted gene disruption using CRISPR/Cas9, through to single molecule imaging and biophysics; sub-cellular level including super resolution imaging and live imaging of motile malaria parasites in multi-colour 4D; and the whole cell, imaging parasites on the move. Our interests incorporate focuses from host-cell invasion through to mosquito colonisation, liver-to-blood infection and the process of sexual stage development. We're passionate about drug discovery and diagnostics, working with collaborators. Our primary focus right now is on walking the walk of a new malaria vaccine - watch this space! Ultimately, our eclectic interests all centre on the fundamentals of parasite cellular biology. We are best defined by the interests and amazing unique skills of each researcher in the lab; each bringing their own style towards a holistic understanding of  parasite biology and development of strategies to stop malaria disease.

Jake Baum

Lab Head: Although my research career has covered many wide areas of interests, I have had a long-standing fascination with the processes of erythrocyte invasion and the generic mechanisms that define cell motility/invasion. I am also passionate about drug discovery and translation.

Farah Dahalan

Postdoctoral Scientist: Farah is a recent recruit to the transmission team with a background in mosquito-parasite-microbiome interactions. She is exploring transmission and drug resistance.

Mo Ducker

Postdoctoral Scientist: Mo joins the team, with a background in immunology to explore comparative host immune responses to different malaria vaccines strategies.

Fabio Fisher

Laboratory Manager and now PhD student: Fabio is a master protein chemist and laboratory manager for the Baum lab with a hand in pretty much every project! He is working on targeting protein complexes for his PhD.

Alisje Churchyard

Postdoctoral scientist: Alisje leads our MMV-sponsored programme finding drugs targeting parasite transmission through the mosquito.

Sabrina Yahiya

PhD student. A joint student with the laboratory of Matthew Fuchter working on designing and testing new molecules targeting malaria transmission

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Toyin Famodimu

Research Assistant: Joining us in 2021 having recently completed her PhD at Keele University, Toyin is working on the MMV program helping to screen and discover new transmission blocking drugs

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Mark Tunnicliff

Insectary Manager: Mark is the backbone of the transmission work in the lab, looking after the Anopheles stephensi colony and ensuring the critters are fit and well for Plasmodium transmission!

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Hasha Hayden-Smith

Project Manager: Hasha is managing our vaccine development program. Funded by BMGF & Wellcome, together with Prof Nilay Shah's lab in Engineering, the Future vaccine manufacturing research hub & global collaborators, Hasha is guiding us as we walk the walk to realise tomorrow's malaria vaccines!

Adrian Najer

Postdoctoral scientist: Jointly with the lab of Molly Stevens, based in the Dept of Engineering at Imperial, Adrian is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow working at the interface between nano-vesicles and parasite biology.

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Alex Fyfe

Research Technician: Fresh from the University of Oxford, Alex is helping to lead our latest endeavours in malaria vaccinology, from whole parasite to viral vectored vaccines.

Geoffrey Pasvol

Emeritus Professor and legend in the field of clinical malaria, pathogenesis and red cell invasion with a particular interest in the still unresolved question of why children actually die from malaria...

Clare Andradi-Brown

PhD student. A joint student with the laboratory of our close collaborator Aubrey Cunnington working on using the power of computational biology to look at RNA transcriptomes.

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Francesca Piffer

Project Manager: Francesca joins the team in 2020 managing the Digital Diagnostics for Africa network. Led by our close colleague Dr Aubrey Cunnington and together with engineers at Imperial we're trying to revolutionise diagnosis of malaria in the field...

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Richard Carter

Our great friend and mentor Richard Carter sadly passed away in September 2021, a giant on who's shoulders so much of malaria science still stands.

Postgraduate (Masters), Undegraduate students and Visitors

Past lab members and visitors

Mr Ade Balogun (MSc) 2021; Mr Jinyuan Zhang (MSc) 2021; Ms Bowen Zhang (MSc) 2021; Mr Zayd Normand (MSc) 2021; Mr James Erskine Murdoch (MRES) 2021; Ms Chloe Lieng (MRES) 2021; Dr Josh Blight (Postdoc) 2021; Dr Eliana Real (Postdoc) 2021; Ms Shubha Talwar (MRES) 2020; Ms Carmen Rodriguez (MRES) 2020; Mr David Grimson (Research Assistant) 2021; Ms Mira Davidson (Technician) 2020; Dr Thomas Blake (PhD) 2020; Dr George Ashdown (Postdoc) 2020; Ms Emmanuoela Petsolari (MSc) 2020; Mr Jingran Zhuo (MRES) 2020; Ms Nina Short (MSc) 2020; Ms Marine Secchi (MRES) 2020; Ms Josephine Eum (MRES) 2020; Dr Silvia Haase (Postdoc) 2019; Dr Kathrin Witmer (Postdoc) 2019; Ms Karolina Oniszczuk (Technician) 2019; Ms Sarah Jordan (MSc) 2019; Mr Adam Efrat (MSc) 2019; Ms Irene Garcia Barbazan (Technician) 2019; Dr Kate Wright (Postdoc) 2019; Mr Fernando Sanchez-Roman Teran (Technician) 2019; Ms Linda Makhlouf (Technician) 2019; Ms Pantki Vaishnav (MSc) 2019; Dr Oriol Llora (PhD) 2019; Mr Oriol Llora (Visitor) 2019; Ms Evelyn Quansah (Visitor); Mr Brian Leung (MRES) 2018; Dr Oliver Lyth (PhD) 2018; Ms Emily Calamita (MSc) 2018; Ms Maddy Wynn (MSc) 2018; Ms Houriiyah Tegally (MSc) 2018; Dr Michael Delves (PDRA) 2018; Dr Marion Koch (PhD graduate) 2018; Ms Ursula Straschil (Technician and Laboratory Manager) 2018; Ms Dounia Cherkoui (Technician and MRES) 2018; Mr Tariq Shour (MSc) 2018; Ms Abigail Laverack (MRES) 2018; Mr Toby Barnes (MRES) 2017; Ms Eva Hamrud (MSc) 2017; Ms Dounia Cherkoui (MSc) 2017; Dr Holly Matthews (Postdoc) 2017; Ms. Celia Miguel Blanco (Technician) 2017; Ms. Olivia Swann (Technician) 2017; Mr. Max Addison (MRES) 2017; Ms. Xenia Karlsson (MSc) 2016; Ms. Sara Zakutansky (RT) 2016; Ms. Katja Hassler (Medical Student Visitor) 2016; Dr. Hella Baumann (Postdoc) 2016; Ms. Linda Makhlouf (MSc) 2016; Ms. Olivia Swann (MSc) 2016; Dr. Rama McCrorie (Postdoc) 2016; Dr. Andrea Ruecker (Postdoc) 2016; Dr. Chwen Tay (Postdoc) 2016; Ms. Eloise Withnell (Undergrad) 2016; Ms. Janice Tong (Undergrad) 2016; Mr. Dominic Raffin (Undergrad) 2016; Mr. Matthew Sinnott (Undergrad) 2016; Mr. Vladimir Chapman (Undergrad) 2016; Mr. David Busse (MSc) 2016; Ms. Mengqiao Li (MSc) 2016; Mr. Hossain Delowar (MSc) 2016; Dr. Sara Rute Lamas Oliveira Marques (Postdoc) 2016; Mr. Niklas Rehmert (MSc) 2015; Ms. Desiree Eggers (MSc) 2015; Mr Jonathan Mitchell (MSc) 2015; Dr. Alexandre Dufour (Visitor - Pasteur Institute) 2014; Dr. Maya Olshina (PhD) 2014; Dr. Liz Zuccala (PhD) 2014; Dr. Fiona Angrisano (PhD) 2014; Ms. Rachel Gillespie (MSc) 2014; Ms. Josie Ferreira (MSc) 2014; Mr. Javier Vinals Camallonga (MSc) 2014; Dr. Silvia Haase (Postdoc) 2014; Dr. Wilson Wong (Postdoc) 2014; Ms. Melanie Condron (Technician) 2014; Ms. Yan Hong Tan (Research Technician) 2014; Mr. Raphael Kim (Technician) 2014; Ms. Melanie Stockhausen (MSc) 2014; Ms. Grace Singh (Undergrad) 2014; Dr. Noa Dahan Pasternak (Visitor) 2013; Dr. Tim Satchwell (Visitor) 2013; Dr. Mark Scott (Visitor) 2013; Dr. Kartik Bane (Visitor) 2012; Dr. Ito Daisuke (Visitor) 2012; Dr. David Riglar (PhD) 2012; Mr. Danushka Marapana (Technician) 2012.