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 cell biology of malaria parasites. I am also passionate about malaria vaccines, diagnostics & translation.

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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!

Farah Dahalan

Postdoctoral Scientist: Farah lead's the lab's London transmission program with a background in mosquito-parasite-microbiome interactions. Her current focus centres of single cell sequencing applications to understand sporozoites & transmission in general.

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David Novotny

Research Associate: David is a computer scientist overseeing the development of the second stages of PlasmoCount the Baum lab's AI driven automated tool for counting parasites via cytological smear.

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-tech and parasite biology.

Sabrina Yahiya

Postdoc. Having just finished her PhD Sabrina is currently a postdoc placed in the lab of Flaminia Catteruccia at Harvard School of Public Health. She is continuing her work on transmission blocking drugs.

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Toyin Famodimu

Postdoctoral Scientist: Toyin is the current lead of our Gates & Wellcome sponsored program to re-invent whole sporozoite based vaccines.  

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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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Alex Fyfe

Research Technician: Alex is helping to lead our latest endeavours in malaria vaccinology, from whole parasite to viral vectored vaccines. He recently relocated to Edinburgh, helping to transfer our technology to the Roslin Institute.

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Michael Johnson

Research Manager. Mike joins the lab in Sydney, and will be the backbone setting up malaria parasite transmission. Mike has a passion for imaging so watch this space for what's to come...

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...

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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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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

Dr Mo Ducker (Postdoc) 2022; Dr Fabio Fisher (Lab Manager) 2022; Dr Alisje Churchyard (Postdoc) 2021; 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.