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Michael Ginger supervises 2 postgraduate research students. Some of the students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

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Dr Michael Ginger

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Michael Ginger


Tel: +44 1524 594924

Research overview

Dr Michael Ginger is interested in the biochemistry and cell biology of metabolism in protozoa. His research combines in silico genome mining with experimental wet bench science.

Research Interests

Biochemistry and cell biology of metabolism in protozoa. Current research themes include:

  • Flagellum-associated metabolism in African trypanosomes and other flagellate protozoa
  • Protein targeting to eukaryotic flagella
  • Pathways of amino acid and lipid metabolism in the human pathogens Trypanosoma brucei and Leishmania
  • Unusual biochemistry associated with the mitochondrial inter-membrane space in trypanosomes – cytochrome c maturation and protein import mechanisms
  • Environmental influences and metabolic diversity in microbial eukaryotes

Information about the biology and the tropical diseases caused by the protozoan parasites on which we do most of our experimental work can be found on the WHO website.


  • Ph.D. (Biochemistry) University of Liverpool
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Liverpool

Academic Posts

  • 2007 – present Royal Society University Research Fellow (Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences, School of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University)
  • 2003-2007 Royal Society University Research Fellow (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford)
  • 2001-2003 Postdoctoral Research Associate (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford/Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester)
  • 1998-2001 Postdoctoral Research Associate (Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology, University of Glasgow)
  • 1997-1998 Postdoctoral Research Associate (Department of Earth and Ocean Science, University of Liverpool)

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