Conference: Arboviruses: What is Zika?
THURSDAY 4 AUGUST 2016
6.30pm – 7.30pm
A conference in English by Christian Doerig
Alliance Francaise de Melbourne
51 Grey Street,
VIC 3182, St Kilda
What should we fear about mosquitos today? Should we even be fearful of them? What diseases do they carry and can we protect ourselves from them? One of the leading international specialists on the research against malaria will give an understanding of the current global situation particularly with regard to new emerging viruses such as Zika.
This conference is organised as part of the ‘Innovation Rendez-vous’, an initiative of the Embassy of France in Australia. It aims to promote science and creativity in today’s world within a French-Australian perspective. The ‘innovation Rendez-vous’ is open to the general public and particularly suitable for novices.
Christian Doerig obtained his PhD in molecular virology at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. After post-doctoral training in virology in the USA, he turned his attention to malaria and he pioneered the study of protein phosphorylation in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, and is now a recognised leader in this field. He is "Directeur de Recherches" at the French biomedical research agency Inserm and Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He established the first Inserm unit in the UK, at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, University of Glasgow, and subsequently in Switzerland at the Inserm-EPFL joint laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). In 2011, he joined Monash University as Head of the Department of Microbiology, a position he held until 2015. He is now a Professor of Microbiology at the same Department, where he pursues his research on the kinomics of malaria parasites. A recently emerged research topic in his laboratory is the signaling response of host cells to intracellular pathogens, which at the moment covers work in Plasmodium-infected erythrocytes as well as flavivirus-host cell systems.
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