Elena Platonova


Name Surname  Elena Platonova

 Biomedical Sciences, Zoology (05B)

Institute, laboratory - Nature Research Centre, Institute of Ecology, P. B. Šivickis laboratory of parasitology

Scientific Supervisor - Vaidas Palinauskas

Consultant Supervisor - Andrey Mukhin

Study period: 2017-10-01 – 2021-09-30

Research theme: Prevalence of avian haemosporidian parasites and mechanisms preventing the spread of invasive species in temperate zones

Short annotation (the aim, objectives)

The goal of the studies is to identify mechanisms, which prevent the spread of invasive haemosporidian parasites in temperate climate zones, and to evaluate if outbreaks of new haemosporidian infections are possible during ongoing climate and ecosystems changes. Main tasks of the project are to combine the multidisciplinary field, laboratory and experimental observations and to determine:

1. Invasive avian Plasmodiidae and Haemoproteidae species and their haplotypes.

2. Patterns of sporogonic development of these parasites in prevalent European dipteran vectors using experimental research.

3. Effects of air temperature and other abiotic factors on sporogonic development of haemosporidian parasites in vectors and effects of ecological factors for transmission.

4. Virulence of the south origin parasites in Baltic region birds.




  • Asghar, M., Palinauskas, V., Zaghdoudi-Allan, N., Valkiūnas, G., Mukhin, A., Platonova, E. & Hasselquist, D. (2016, August). Parallel telomere shortening in multiple body tissues owing to malaria infection. In Proc. R. Soc. B (Vol. 283, No. 1836, p. 20161184).
  • Mukhin, A., Palinauskas, V., Platonova, E., Kobylkov, D., Vakoliuk, I., & Valkiūnas, G. (2016). The Strategy to Survive Primary Malaria Infection: An Experimental Study on Behavioural Changes in Parasitized Birds. PloS one11(7), e0159216-e0159216.




  • 2014-2017 Funded by:  Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) No.# 15-04-00417 “Avian malaria: how haemosporidian invasion affects behaviour of infected bird” 
  • 2017-2021 Lithuanian Research Council No. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-01-0016 “Virulence of avian malaria: untangling genetic players for infection severity”
  • 2017–2019: Russian Scientific Foundation Research Grant No. 17-14-01147 „Sensory systems for short and long distance navigation in birds“


Training courses


  • Molecules, Mice and Math: a Statistical Toolbox for the Lab. 13 –17 August 2018. Radboud University, Njmegen, Netherlands
  • Fourth International Workshop on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, September 26 – October 2, 2015, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA;




  • International Conference on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, Beijing, China, 1–5 November 2018, oral presentation;
  • The 7th Conference of the Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology June 8–9, 2017, Riga, Latvia, oral presentation;
  • The 6th Conference of the Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology – April 23–24, 2015, Uppsala, Sweden, poster presentation;
  • International Conference on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, Vilnius, Lithuania, 7–11 August 2013, poster presentation.


Contacts: e-mail, phone plat.992@gmail.com; +37062410098