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The Australian National University

Professor Kiaran Kirk

BSc(Hons), PhD, DPhil
Director, Research School of Biology
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Areas of expertise

  • Basic Pharmacology 111501
  • Receptors And Membrane Biology 060110
  • Microbiology 0605

Research interests

The focus of my research is on the membrane transport physiology of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.  Early work focused on the increased membrane permeability of the malaria parasite-infected red blood cell and its role in facilitating the uptake of key nutrients and in altering the ionic composition of the host cell.  My more recent work has been on the membrane transport proteins of the intracellular parasite itself, and the role that these proteins play in nutrient uptake, ion homeostasis, and antimalarial drug resistance.



Kiaran Kirk is Director of the Australian National University’s Research School of Biology. He carried out his PhD in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Sydney (1985-1988). From 1989 he worked at 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 as Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Science at the Australian National University, holding this post until taking up his present position in June 2009.


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