Dr. Markus Ganter

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

Phone: +49 6221-56 7438


cell biology of pathogens, molecular parasitology, mechanisms of Plasmodium cell cycle regulation


2018    Karl Asmund Rudolphi-Medal, German Society for Parasitology
2011    Postdoctoral Fellowship, DFG
2006    MBL Pioneers Scholarship Fund and Pfizer Inc. Endowed Scholarship

2016 – present Group Leader, Center for Infectious Diseases, Heidelberg University
2010 – 2016 PostDoc, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA
2009 – 2010 PostDoc, Max-Planck-Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin
2005 – 2009 PhD in molecular parasitology, Heidelberg University
2004 – 2005 Diploma thesis
2000 – 2004 Biology School, Heidelberg University
Co-organizer of the 2023 BioMalPar conference

(*equal contribution)

Klaus S, Binder P, Kim J, Machado M, Funaya C, Schaaf V, Klaschka D, Kudulyte A, Cyrklaff M, Laketa V, Hoefer T, Guizetti J, Becker N, Frischknecht F, Schwarz US, Ganter M (2022). Asynchronous nuclear cycles in multinucleated Plasmodium falciparum enable rapid proliferation. Science Advances. 8(13):eabj5362

Vandorpe DH, Rivera A, Ganter M, Dankwa S, Wohlgemuth J, Dlott J, Snyder LM, Brugnara C, Duraisingh MT, Alper SL (2022). Purinergic signaling is essential for full Psickle activation by hypoxia and by normoxic acid pH in mature human sickle red cells and in vitro-differentiated cultured human sickle reticulocytes. Pflügers Archiv – European Journal of Physiology. 1–13

Schumann R, Bischoff E, Klaus S, Möhring S, Flock J, Keller S, Remans K, Ganter M, Deponte M (2021). Protein abundance and folding rather than the redox state of Kelch13 determine the artemisinin susceptibility of Plasmodium falciparum. Redox Biology. 48: 102177

Simon CS, Voss Y, Funaya C, Machado M, Penning A, Klaschka D, Cyrklaff M, Kim J, Ganter M, Guizetti J (2021). An extended DNA-free intranuclear compartment organizes centrosomal microtubules in malaria parasites. Life Sci Alliance 4: e202101199

Machado M, Steinke S, Ganter M (2021). Plasmodium Reproduction, Cell Size, and Transcription: How to cope with increasing DNA content?  Front Cell Infect Mi. 11, 660679

Pape C, Remme R, Wolny A, Olberg S, Wolf S, Cerrone L, Cortese M, Klaus S, Lucic B, Ullrich S, Anders-Össwein M, Wolf S, Berati C, Neufeld C, Ganter M, Schnitzler P, Merle U, Lusic M, Boulant S, Stanifer M, Bartenschlager R, Hamprecht FA, Kreshuk A, Tischer C, Kräusslich H-G, Müller B, Laketa V (2021). Microscopy-based assay for semi-quantitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 specific antibodies in human sera. BioAssays, 2000257

Ganter M, Goldberg JM, Dvorin JD, Paulo JA, King JG, Tripathi AK, Paul AS, Yang J, Coppens I, Jiang RHY, Elsworth B, Baker DA, Dinglasan RR, Gygi SP, Duraisingh MT (2017). Plasmodium falciparum CRK4 directs continuous rounds of DNA replication during schizogony. Nature Microbiol. 2(5):17017

Paul AS, Saha S, Engelberg K, Jiang RHY, Coleman BI, Kosber AL, Chen C, Ganter M, Espy N, Gilberger TW, Gubbels MJ, Duraisingh MT (2015). Parasite calcineurin regulates host cell recognition and attachment by apicomplexans. Cell Host Microbe. 18:49-60

Coleman BI, Skillman KM, Jiang RHY, Childs LM, Altenhofen LM, Ganter M, Leung Y, Goldowitz I, Kafsack BFC, Marti M, Llinas M, Buckee CO, Duraisingh MT (2014). A Plas-modium falciparum histone deacetylase regulates antigenic variation and gametocyte con-version. Cell Host Microbe. 16:177-186

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