Prof. Dr. Michael Lanzer

Department of Infectious Diseases, Parasitology Heidelberg University
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49 6221-56 7845
Fax:      +49 6221-56 4643


Molecular parasitology, host parasite coevolution, drug resistance mechanisms of the malarial parasite; protein trafficking in P. falciparum.


EU-funded Network of Excellence EVIMalaR; EU-funded PhD Programme EVIMalaR, EU-funded Infrastructure Project INFRAVEC; project within the German Center for Infection Research


2011 Heidelberg Molecular Life Science Award
1995 Prize for Tropical Medicine, German Society for Tropical Medicine


2000 Offer of a Professorship at the Seattle Biomedical Institute, USA (declined)
1999-present Full Professor and head of Parasitology, Heidelberg University
1996 Habilitation in Microbiology, University of Würzburg
1994-1998 Junior group leader, Research Center for Infectious Diseases, University of Würzburg
1988-1993 PostDoc, Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, USA
1988 PhD Biology Heidelberg University
1979-1984 Biology School (Heidelberg University)

2010-present Director of the international EVIMalaR PhD Programme
2008-present Director of the European Malaria Graduate School
2007-present Co-coordinator of the Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate of Molecular and Cellular Biology (HBIGS)
2007-2010 Member of the external scientific advisor committee for the European Malaria Vaccine Development Association
2005-present Coordinator of the MD/PhD program at Heidelberg University
2005-present Member of the Executive Committee of the Marie-Curie Fellowship Program “MalParTraining”
2004-present Member of the Executive Committee of the Network of Excellence “BioMalPar”
2004-present Member of the Executive Committee of the European Malaria Graduate School
1999-2002 Co-chairman of the SFB 544 “Control of Tropical Infectious Diseases
1993-present Coordinator of various EU-funded research networks (6 in total)

Cyrklaff M, Sanchez CP, Kilian N, Bisseye C, Simpore J, Frischknecht F and Lanzer M, Hemoglobins S and C interfere with actin remodeling in Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes. Science 2011; 334: 1283-1286

Rohrbach P, Sanchez CP, Hayton K, Friedrich O, Patel J, Sidhu AB, Ferdig MT, Fidock DA and Lanzer M, Genetic linkage of pfmdr1 with food vacuolar solute import in Plasmodium falciparum. Embo J 2006; 25: 3000-3011

Przyborski JM, Miller SK, Pfahler JM, Henrich PP, Rohrbach P, Crabb BS and Lanzer M, Trafficking of STEVOR to the Maurer’s clefts in Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes. Embo J 2005; 24: 2306-2317

del Portillo HA, Fernandez-Becerra C, Bowman S, Oliver K, Preuss M, Sanchez CP, Schneider NK, Villalobos JM, Rajandream MA, Harris D, Pereira da Silva LH, Barrell B and Lanzer M, A superfamily of variant genes encoded in the subtelomeric region of Plasmodium vivax. Nature 2001; 410: 839-842

Scherf A, Hernandez-Rivas R, Buffet P, Bottius E, Benatar C, Pouvelle B, Gysin J and Lanzer M, Antigenic variation in malaria: in situ switching, relaxed and mutually exclusive transcription of var genes during intra-erythrocytic development in Plasmodium falciparum. Embo J 1998; 17: 5418-5426

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