Ahmed Aly, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Tropical Medicine
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
J Bennett Johnston Bldg. Room 132
1324 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-2286
Fax: (504) 988-7313

Aly Laboratory Website

Personal Statement:

My research is focusing on the biology and host-parasite interactions of the malaria parasite in the mosquito and the mammalian hosts. My ultimate research goals are to discover novel potent drug targeting and subunit vaccine candidates and the generation of effective and safe whole organism vaccines to help eradicate the malaria disease. I aim to use my expertise in Plasmodium targeting techniques in the generation of attenuated parasites as live vaccines and tailor-made transgenic Plasmodium parasite strains as tools to explore the functions of various Plasmodium proteins and their essential roles in the malaria parasite life cycle. I will use the rodent malaria parasite models and Anopheles mosquitoes to generate and study all life cycle stages of Plasmodium.


Research Interests:

Host-Parasite Interaction; Vaccine Development

Educational Background:

  • 2006 - 2010 Post Doctoral Fellow, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle, USA.
  • 2005 PhD. (Dr. rer. nat.) Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 2001 M.Sc., Ulm University, Ulm, Germany.
  • 1995 B.Sc., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.

Professional Achievements:

  • Since 2015 - Member of the Editorial Board of the Nature group Journal of Scientific Reports.
  • Since 2015 - Member of the Malaria Review Panel for the US Department of Defense (DoD) Medical Research Program.
  • Since 2014 - Member of the Malaria Vaccine Review Panel for Military Infectious Diseases Research Program (MIDRP).
  • Since 2014 - Member of the ASTMH "Molecular Parasitology" Scientific Committee.
  • Since 2012 - Full Member, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

Honors, Awards and Patents:

  • 2015 - NIH-NIAID R21 Grant, Grant title: Selection of the Determinants of Plasmodium Sporozoite Infectivity and Motility.
  • 2015 - NIH-TNPRC Pilot Studies Grant, Grant title: DNA-Vaccination against Plasmodium Liver Stage Exported Proteins in Presence of Prior SIV Infection.
  • 2012 - Tulane COR Fellowship, Grant title: A Genetically-Attenuated Plasmodium Blood-Stage Vaccine that Protects Against Malaria.
  • 2008 - Listed as an inventor on US and Australians patents entitled "Live Genetically Attenuated Malaria Vaccines".
  • 2005 - Award for an outstanding presentation at the XVI International Molecular Parasitology Meeting, Woods Hole,  Massachusetts, USA.


  • Since 2013 - Established and taught all lectures of a 2 credit-hour courses entitled "Molecular Mechanisms of Pathogen Intervention" (TRMD 7300).
  • Since 2012 - Participated in teaching Malaria course (TRMD 7820).
  • 2013 - Participated in teaching Immunulogy course (TRMD 6170).

Selected Publications:

View Dr. Aly's publications at his NCBI profile page.


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