Stuart Ralph is an Associate Professor and NHMRC RD Wright Biomedical research fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
His interests include the molecular and cell biology of apicomplexan parasites, particularly Plasmodium
and Toxoplasma, and aspects of this biology that may be targeted by chemotherapeutic interventions. Dr Ralph joined the University of Melbourne in 2007 after postdoctoral research positions at the Institut Pasteur in Paris and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.
The Ralph group is interested in parasitic diseases, with a primary focus on the causative agent of severe malaria, Plasmodium falciparum
The burden of disease-causing parasites is particularly high in developing countries, and inadequate resources are directed towards the development of much needed treatments. Complete genome sequences are available for many of these parasites, so a wealth of data is available from which to search for potential targets for chemotherapeutic interventions. The group’s interests lie in identifying and characterising promising drug targets from Plasmodium falciparum
and other parasites, as well as studying the modes of action and mechanisms of resistance for existing drugs.