Professor Kiaran Kirk
Areas of expertise
- Microbiology 0605
- Biochemistry And Cell Biology 0601
The focus of my research is on membrane transport in the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum and the potential of the proteins involved as antimalarial drug targets.
Kiaran Kirk is the Dean of the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. He carried out his PhD in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Sydney (1985-1988), after which he relocated to the Oxford University Laboratory of Physiology where he held an Oxford Nuffield Medical Fellowship, the Staines Medical Research Fellowship (Exeter College) and a Lister Institute Senior Research Fellowship. He returned to Australia in 1996 to head the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the ANU Faculty of Science, holding this post until taking up the role of Director of the newly-created ANU Research School of Biology in June 2009. Kiaran took up his present position as Dean of the College in April 2014.
Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.
- A novel family of amino acid transporters in Apicomplexan parasites (Primary Investigator)
- Targeting an ion pump in the malaria parasite with multiple compound classes (Primary Investigator)
- The Na+/H+ exchanger and V-type pyrophosphatases of the malaria parasite (Secondary Investigator)
- Transport of amino acids and polyamines in the malaria parasite (Primary Investigator)
- Ion transport in the malaria parasite and parasitised erythrocyte (Primary Investigator)
- Chloroquine resistance and the physiology of the malaria parasite's digestive vacuole (Primary Investigator)
- Metabolomic Analysis and Membrane Transport Proteins in the Malaria Parasite (Primary Investigator)
- Amino acid transporters and the chloroquine resistance transporter of the intracellular malaria parasite (Primary Investigator)
- ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Parasitology (Secondary Investigator)
- Ion Transport in the Human Malaria Parasite Plasmodium falciparum (Primary Investigator)
- Expression and Characterisation of Nutrient Transporters from the Intracellular Malaria Parasite Plasmodium Falciparum (Primary Investigator)
- The pH of the Digestive Vacuole in the Malaria Parasite (Primary Investigator)
- Amino Acid Transporters in the Malaria Parasite (Primary Investigator)
- Osmoregulation in Parasitic Protozoa (Primary Investigator)
- Ion transport in the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum (Primary Investigator)
- Antimalarial Properties of Clotrimazole and Other Imidazoles (Primary Investigator)