AG Schumak



                                                                     AG Schumak


             Malaria group 2014 (from left to right: Oezlem Mutluer, Janina Kuepper, Beatrix Schumak, Patricia Korir, Hema Bora)



Cerebral malaria (CM) is a life-threatening complication of Plasmodium falciparum infection and is ascribed to parasite sequestration and excessive pro-inflammatory immune responses generated by the infected host. Experimental models reproducing neurological features observed in human CM allowed the identification of inflammatory mediators (interferon gamma, TNF alpha and Lymphotoxin alpha) and detrimental CD8 T cells to be key players in experimental CM (ECM) pathology. We are interested in brain inflammatory processes during ECM and immune-regulatory processes that are involved in generation and regulation of pro-inflammatory immune responses in ECM. We investigate inflammatory signalling in the periphery and at the blood brain barrier with the help of transgenic parasites and transgenic mice.

Detailed in vivo and in vitro analyses will broaden our understanding of processes leading to ECM pathology and identify possible target molecules for possible future novel, more efficient therapeutic applications in human CM.


Group Member

Beatrix Schumak, PhD             Group leader                       bschumak [at]                      Tel. 0228-287-13211

Hema Bora, PhD                     Post-Doc                            hema_bora [at|

Janina M. Kuepper                  PhD student                        jkuepper [at] 

Patricia Jebett Korir                 PhD student                       s6pakori [at]

Özlem Mutluer                        Technician                                      



Bonn Cluster of Excellence „Immunosensation“

BONFOR Program of the Medical Faculty University of Bonn




Former group members
Katrin Klocke  ->  Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden

Max Borsche  ->  University of Lübeck

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 15:19 - Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 15:19

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