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  • Toxoplasma and Toxoplasmosis
  • Trypanosoma and Trypanosomiasis
  • Leishmania and Leishmaniasis
  • Cryptosporidium et Cryptosporidiosis

New insights into the invasion of Toxoplasma gondii


  [Publication] The latest work by Rania Najm, Hiba El Hajj, Maryse Lebrun & colleagues is out now in PNAS. The authors provide important insights into the molecular players of bradyzoite invasion and develop a vaccine strategy targeting both bradyzoite and tachyzoite invasion of Toxoplasma gondii. &... Read more

Happy New Year 2023


  May your year 2023 be filled with happiness, health, science and success. First announcement of the network: the ParaFrap webinars will come in 2023, as in previous years, every second Thursday of the month at 3pm. If you are not yet on the webinar mailing list to receive all the information, sign up now. Read more

PostDoc l Biological Sciences l Strasbourg


    PostDoc position in Biological Sciences / Biochemistry: Mode of action of antimalarial benzylmenadiones at IBMC, Strasbourg, France  A renewable 1-year postdoctoral position is open at IBMC (Inserm/CNRS/University of Strasbourg) to investigate the mode of action of novel and promising antim... Read more

Gerald Spaeth, awarded a ERC Synergy grant


  [Communiqué] Gerald Spaeth, head of the unit “Molecular Parasitology and Signaling” was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Synergy grant for the project ‘DECOLeishRN – Decoding epistatic genome/RNome interactions in eukaryotic fitness gain using Leishmania parasites as a unique model system’. This pr... Read more

PostDoc l Host-Pathogen interactions l Paris


PostDoc position studying host-pathogen interactions at Institut Pasteur, Paris, France  A postdoc position is available at the Institut Pasteur in the signalling and host-parasite interactions group, headed by Najma Rachidi, to investigate the mechanisms by which the parasite modulates host cell signa... Read more

A new drug target against Malaria


  [Communiqué] The team of Dr Chetan Chitnis from Institut Pasteur, LabEx ParaFrap partner, studied the blood stage of the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, which causes the severest and most deadly form of malaria, and found a mechanism which could lead to new and efficient drugs against Malaria. The results o... Read more

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ParaFrap, the French Alliance for Parasitology and Health Care, is a LabEx (Laboratory of Excellence) created by the French Ministry of Research in 2012 and regrouping currently 17 leading Parasitology groups in France
Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, Trypanosoma, Leishmania, Entamoeba, Theileria

  • New scientific opportunities are provided by the recently available genome information for most major parasites and their hosts
  • Combining the state-of-the-art of fundamental research and translational applications we expect to defeat major parasitic diseases such as malaria, toxoplasmosis, leishmaniasis, African trypanosomiasis, amoebiasis and theileriosis
  • herapeutic involvements (diagnostics, drugs and vaccines)
  • ParaFrap will contribute to the future through a national student training
    PhD program termed "ParaFrap Training"


Research activities

Mechanisms of pathogenesis

Parasite molecular and cellular biology

Post genomic data exploration

Towards new interventions strategies against parasitic pathogens

Institutional support

Financial support