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Institute of Parasitology

Welcome to the Institute of Parasitology giardi parasite logo

The Institute of Parasitology is one of the oldest recognized centres of interdisciplinary research in Canada. We focus on parasitic organisms, the relationship with their host and the means to limit the impact of\ parasitic disease on health and wellbeing.

The Institute maintains a close working relationship with the McGill Centre for Tropical Diseases, the Faculties of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Medicine, and Science of McGill University.

We host an active Graduate Research program with students from Canada and around the world at the MSc and PhD level. An MSc degree typically can be completed in 2 years and a PhD in 5 years. Students wishing to apply for a graduate student position should review the information on our programs and the application procedures here.

Visit the different sections of the website to find information on our Research Labs, Graduate Application procedures, our weekly Seminar Series, our Research Facilities and Equipment and more...


Latest News

Prof. Petra Rohrbach has accepted the position of Director of Space

Dean Anja Geitmann is pleased to announce that Professor Petra Rohrbach has accepted the position of Director of Space on the Macdonald Campus effective June 16, 2022 for a five-year term. As part of her mandate, Professor Rohrbach will serve, amongst other things, as Chair of the Macdonald Sub-committee on Physical Facilities and Building Director of the Macdonald-Stewart/Raymond/Barton complex. She has been a member of the academic staff in the Institute of Parasitology since 2008.

The Globe and Mail article featuring Prof. Igor Cestari and Prof. Momar Ndao "Until two years ago, mRNA vaccines had never been approved. Now, vast research offers hope in treating more than COVID-19"

Read the full article on The Globe and Mail's website by clicking here, or view the PDF version PDF iconhere

Prof Roger K. Prichard named a #McGill200 Unsung Hero

Congrats to Professor Prichard who was named an Unsung Hero as part of the #McGill200 Bicentennial Celebrations!

Read the full profile on McGill's Bicentennial website.

A word from Associate Member Prof Momar Ndao: McGill joins Moderna in battle against global health threats

McGill University has joined Moderna’s mRNA Access program, which aims to accelerate innovation and enable new vaccines and medicines for emerging and neglected infectious diseases through collaborative research and preclinical development. McGill is the first university in Canada to join this program as it ramps up its international rollout.

Treatment for parasitic infections
Another avenue enabled by the platform is the development of mRNA medicines against parasitic infections, such as Cryptosporidiosis – of which a major outbreak occurred in the USA in 1993 – or Schistosomiasis, a water-borne pathogen that affects more than 250 million people and threatens almost 1 billion people worldwide. These and other parasites are the focus of Momar Ndao, a Professor in the Department of Medicine and a Principal Investigator of the Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program (MI4), Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

Read the full article in the McGill Reporter

Prof Jeff Xia named to Highly Cited Researchers 2021 list

Fourteen McGill academics including Elena Bennett (NRS/MSE) and Jianguo (Jeff) Xia (AnSci/Para) have been named to the annual Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate Analytics. These researchers join 6,600 researchers from across the globe who have demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field of fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Congrats Elena and Jeff!  McGill Reporter.

Prof Robin N Beech appointed as Dean of Students

Professor Robin Beech has been appointed as Dean of Students for a 5-year term starting November 1, 2020. Professor Beech is an Associate Professor of the Institute of Parasitology and has been a strong advocate for students throughout his tenure of some 27 years at McGill. He has just completed a 5-year term as Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. His research focuses on the evolution of neurotransmitter receptors in nematodes, particularly as targets for drugs that control parasitic infection. He has published 77 articles in leading, peer reviewed journals and been involved with large scale efforts to sequence and annotate the genomes of more than 100 different helminth parasites. He is currently co-editor in chief of the journal Experimental Parasitology.

Prof Reza Salavati: New Director for the Institute

Professor Reza Salavati has been appointed Director of the Institute of Parasitology for a 5-year term starting July 1, 2020. Professor Salavati is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Parasitology and an Associate Member of the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University. His research programs focus on the biology of the protozoan parasites of global importance and drug discovery. He has developed computational and experimental methods to determine the functions of poorly annotated parasite genomes to target unique pathways for drug discovery. He has authored 66 publications in leading journals. Dr. Salavati has served as the Director of the Biotechnology Program and the Graduate Programs at the Institute, an expert reviewer for national and international funding agencies, and as an Associate Editor for the journals PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and Scientific Reports.


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