International PhD Program at The LabEx ParaFrap, France

International PhD Program at The LabEx ParaFrap, France

Designation/Position- International PhD Program

The LabEx ParaFrap, France invites application for International PhD Program (project in Parasitology) for eligible and interested candidates

About- The international PhD program of the French national research project ‘ParaFrap’ is currently open for applications for 17 Ph.D. positions to be started in October 2021. The LabEx (Laboratory of Excellence) ParaFrap is a Health Sciences collaborative research program focusing on Molecular and Cellular Parasitology in its wider sense. The network gathers 26 French leading groups in the field and is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the French Ministry of Research. Four major research fields are investigated in protozoan models such as PlasmodiumToxoplasmaLeishmaniaTrypanosoma and Cryptosporidium:

Ø  Post-genomic data exploration
Ø  Mechanisms of pathogenesis and protective immunity
Ø  Parasite molecular and cellular biology
Ø  Towards new intervention strategies against parasitic pathogens

Study level- Ph.D. project in science

Location- The LabEx ParaFrap, France


1. Applicants must have achieved academic excellence and be highly motivated to pursue a Ph.D. project in Parasitology. They should have obtained a ‘Masters 2’ degree or an equivalent (5 years after high/secondary school) in science by July 2021; out of this format, only exceptional applications (upon justification) will be considered by the program director.

2. English language skills are mandatory.

3. The PhD program does not have an age restriction, but most accepted candidates are 24-26 years old and start their Ph.D. within a year of finishing their M.Sc., a few of them within 3 years.

4. Mobility between the Master’s lab and the Ph.D. host lab is mandatory, meaning that the applicants must change from their present Research Director and Institute to another for the Ph. D. training.

Job/Position Description- 

  • The ParaFrap International Ph.D. program is an ambitious program offering competitive Ph.D. grants to high-quality students/early stage scientists.
  • Applications are open to non-French students.
  • The early stage scientists will be joining research projects selected by an external scientific board and managed by a main supervisor and a co-supervisor from two distinct research groups of the LabEx.
  • These core research projects will focus on the use of state-of-the-art post-genomic tools to enhance knowledge of the parasites’ biology and of their interactions with their hosts.
  • Research group is committed to providing ParaFrap Ph.D. students with the best starting platform for a successful career in science. Additional information about ParaFrap can be found on
How does T. gondii modulate neuronal responses and antigen presentation to evade immune recognition throughout chronic infection?Nicolas BLANCHARD
Characterization of a central transcriptional regulator for the metabolic adaptation of Toxoplasma towards its hostCyrille BOTTÉ
Role(s) of glycerol metabolism in the biology of African trypanosomesFrédéric BRINGAUD
Role of a host peroxiredoxin in blood stage growth of malaria parasitesChetan E. CHITNIS
How do parasites manipulate the behaviour of their vectors? A comparative spatial transcriptomic study in Anopheles and Glossina sensory organs.Anna COHUET
Optimisation of antiparasitic redox-active 3-benzylmenadiones and of drug partners for effective drug combination by oral administrationElisabethDAVIOUD-CHARVET
Study of in vivo P. vivax and falciparum – host bone marrow interactionsSylvie GARCIA
The molecular drivers of antigenic variation in African TrypanosomesLucy GLOVER
The Epigenetic Role(s) of MORC-containing Complexes Operating in the Hidden Face of the T. gondii Life Cycle or Regulating Virulence Genes in the Human Malaria ParasiteMohamed-Ali HAKIMI
PfPP1 contribution to egress in asexual and sexual stages of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparumMauld H. LAMARQUE
Identification of curative treatments to control cryptosporidiosis and the associated molecular mechanismFabrice LAURENT
Deciphering how erythroblast infection by Plasmodium falciparum induces a delay in erythropoiesisCatherine LAVAZEC
Studying two complementary infection models to identify common mechanisms of intracellular parasite survival: The roles of Leishmania and Eimeria exo-kinases in subversion of host cell signalling.Najma RACHIDI
DevDermTryp – Development of dermal trypanosomesBrice ROTUREAU
Targeting a Plasmodium propeller domain protein to prevent malaria liver stage infectionOlivier SILVIE
Unravelling the role of epigenetic factors which control the DNA replication in LeishmaniaYvon STERKERS
How does a Toxoplasma gondii bradyzoite cope with the small intestine surface biochemical, topographical and rheological properties to colonize the enterocytesIsabelle TARDIEUX

How to Apply-

Last Date for Apply– 10 April 2021

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