Dr Elmarie Myburgh

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Immunology and Infection


Elmarie Myburgh is, from August 2018, a Lecturer (Assistant professor) in Immunology and Infection for Professor Kaye. Elmarie was previously a senior postdoctoral research associate in the Mottram lab.
She obtained a B.Sc (Biological Sciences) and an HonsB.Sc (Biochemistry) at the University of Stellenbosch, followed by a PhD in Infectious Immunology in Prof Frank Brombacher’s laboratory at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  She then relocated to the UK to do postdoctoral research at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, University of Glasgow until her move to York. 


University of Stellenbosch

BSc in Biological Sciences

HonsB.Sc in Biochemistry 

University of Cape Town

Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine

PhD in Infectious Immunology

University of Glasgow

Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of York

Centre for Immunology and Infection

Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate

Lecturer (Assistant professor) in Immunology and Infection


My research focusses on the complex interplay between parasites and their hosts, with a particular interest in the kinetoplastids Leishmaniaand African trypanosomes. I combine in vivo imaging approaches with genetic manipulation of parasites to evaluate how parasites establish infection to persist within the hostile host environment, but also how the mammalian host defends itself against acute and chronic parasitic infection. I apply these technologies for the identification of parasite virulence factors, novel drug targets and to support drug discovery programs.


  • Wellcome Trust Resource grant co-PI with J. Mottram (York), M. Barrett (University of Glasgow), S. Croft and J. Kelly (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). “In vivo screening resource to support drug development in parasitic disease” 2014-2017
  • SULSA Leaders Award (Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance) “Imaging host-parasite interaction to accelerate drug development” 2015 - 2016
  • Wellcome Trust/ ISSF Catalyst grant (University of Glasgow) co-PI with J. Rodgers and N. Dickens (University of Glasgow) “Comparative transcriptomic analysis of central nervous system and bloodstream-resident trypanosomes in murine model of human African trypanosomiasis” 2015 - 2017
  • Gates Grand Challenges Award co-PI with E. Devaney (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow “Illuminating the darkness: exploiting IVIS imaging technology” 2013 – 2015

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