Professor Foote received his M.B.B.S. in 1984 and his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Melbourne in Australia. He did postdoctoral research at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in the United States. In 1993, he received a Wellcome Senior Australian Fellowship; in 1995, he was awarded the Burnett Prize. He received the Tall Poppy Award in 1999. He is currently director of the Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania. This is his second HHMI International Research Scholar award.
RESEARCH ABSTRACT SUMMARY:
Simon Foote is attempting to develop a strategy for antimalarial chemotherapy by using mouse genetics. The approach is to target host rather than parasite molecules. He will use an N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea mutagenesis suppressor screen in mice to identify appropriate host molecules. He employs bioinformatic approaches to find host factors used by the parasite.
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