Meet the Team

Scientific Staff

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Dr. Nahla Metwally   ©BNITM | Dino Schachten

Dr. Nahla Galal Metwally

Principal Investigator

Phone: +49 40 285380-443


Leibniz Center Infection (LCI)
Joint project with Research Center Borstel (Prof. Dr. Holger Heine)

Jürgen Manchot Foundation



Research Interest

"In my research, I focus on studying the role of human microRNAs in the pathogenesis of the complications during Plasmodium falciparum infection. Since altered microRNA profiles have been described for many types of infections recently, microRNAs could be an appropriate drug target for the treatment of infectious disease. The role of human microRNAs in Malaria is not yet described in the literature."

PhD/MD Students

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Johannes Allweier

Contact: (-397)

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG); Priority Programme “Physics of Parasitism” (SPP 2332)
Joint PhD project with Research Center Borstel (Prof. Dr. Thomas Gutsmann)


Portrait photo of PhD student Juliett Anders of the Research Group on Host Parasite Interaction.
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Juliett Anders

Contact: (-474)

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Research Project

"In my project I am investigating the invasion process of Entamoeba histolytica through the intestinal tissues. For this purpose, I have established a murine organoid-derived 2D monolayer model of the small and large intestine. Immune cells and a microbiome can be added to the system to study the effects of co-incubation. Furthermore, I am characterizing different E. histolytica transfectants, which overexpress or silence a gene that is probably involved in the pathogenicity of the parasite."

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Jakob Cronshagen (-634)

Funding: Joachim Herz Foundation
Joint PhD project with RG Malaria Cell Biology (Dr. Tobias Spielmann)

Portrait photo of PhD student Barbara Honecker of the Research Group on Host-Parasite Interaction.
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Barbara Honecker (-474)

Funding:Joachim Herz Foundation
Joint PhD project with RG Molecular Infection Immunology (Prof. Dr. Hanna Lotter)

Research Project

"I investigate the interaction of the parasite 'Entamoeba histolytica' with the host immune system, more specifically the involvement of extracellular vesicles (EVs). Monocytes and neutrophils in culture as well as organoids are implemented to study the immunostimulatory properties of these EVs."

Portrait photo of PhD student Pilar Martinez Tauler of the Research Group on Host-Parasite Interaction.
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Pilar Martínez

Contact: (-397)

Funding: Leibniz Center Infection (LCI)
Joint PhD project with Research Center Borstel (Prof. Dr. Holger Heine)

Portrait photo of MD student Agnes Murk of the Research Group on Host Parasite Interaction.
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Agnes Murk

Contact: (-397)

Funding: German Center for Infection Research (DZIF)

Research Project

"For my project I am currently investigating the cytoadhesion of transfected Plasmodium falciparum parasites to human brain endothelial cells and different endothelial receptors. Cerebral malaria is one of the severest forms of malaria infection and still costs about half a million lives per year. It is crucial therefore to understand the interaction of this parasite and the human host more thoroughly."

Portrait photo of PhD student Hanifeh Torabi of the Research Group on Host Parasite Interaction.
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Hanifeh Torabi

Contact: (-474)

Funding: Jürgen Manchot Foundation

Research Project

"Understanding the pathogenesis of P. falciparum infection in the context of host-parasite interaction could lead to targets for adjunctive therapies. Since cytoadhesion does not provide the full explanation for the complications associated with malaria, extracellular vesicles (EVs) as cargo from cell to cell, carrying proteins and nucleic acids, are being investigated to gain a better understanding of the interaction between parasite and host. In my project, I am investigating the transcriptomes of lung endothelial cells exposed to different stimuli occurring during P. falciparum infection in order to analyze the different profiles of tissue-specific P. falciparum infected erythrocytes communication".

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Yifan Wu

Contact: (-474)

Funding: China Scholarship Council

Research Project

"I focus on the direct way of interaction between Plasmodium  falciparum and host endothelium, termed cytoadhesion. Besides, I am interested in one of secondary weapons of P.  falciparum, the extracellular vesicles. Characterization of these particles may help us better understand the pathogenesis of malaria infection."

Graduate Students

Master Student David Danicic-Rauchberger of the Reserach Grup Host Parasite Interaction
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David Danicic-Rauchberger

Master Student (FH Campus Wien)

Contact: (-397)


Young scientist

Jiawen Gu

Master Student (Hamburg University)

Contact: (-474)

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Michel-Ruben Glagowski

Master Student (Hamburg University)

Contact: (-474)

Young Scientist
Fatima Alshikh   ©BNITM

Fatima Alshikh

Bachelor Student (HAW Hamburg)

Contact: (-474)

Sara Mohamad   ©BNITM

Sara Mohamad

Bachelor Student (HAW Hamburg)

Contact: (-474)


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Wiebke Böhm
Telefon: +49 40 285380 270
Fax: +49 40 285380 265


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Susann Ofori
Technical assistant
Telefon:    +49 40 285380 397


AG Wirt-Parasit-Interaktion

Protrait einer sympathischen Frau mit kurzern braunen Haaren lächelt freundlich.
Research Group Leader

Prof. Dr. Iris Bruchhaus

Telefon: +49 40 285380-472


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