Mechanisms of virulence in protozoan parasites

Project leader: Gediminas Valkiūnas 

Project No. MIP-045/2015
Project duration: 2015 - 2018 
Budget of the Project: 119 997,00 Eur.

Post Doc

Mechanisms of the pathogenesis due to internal organ damage during avian haemosporidiosis

Projects leader: habil. dr. Gediminas Valkiūnas

Postdoc researcher: dr. Carolina Hernández-Lara (arriving from Mexica).

Project duration: 2020-08-05 – 2022-08-04.

Project code: 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-19-0005.

The project aims to get new knowledge and to train a young researcher on topics related to mechanisms of pathologies caused by exo-erythrocytic stages (EES) of avian haemosporidian parasites.

Molecular characterization of avian haemosporidian parasites and determination of their vectors

Projects leader: habil. dr. Gediminas Valkiūnas

Postdoc researcher: dr. Carolina Romeiro Fernandes Chagas

Postdoc duration: 2017–2020

The project addresses diagnostics and transmission of cosmopolitan avian haemosporidian infections. These blood parasites cause health problems both in birds and dipteran insects, but remain insufficiently investigated. Importantly, some haemosporidian species (for example, malaria parasite Plasmodium relictum pGRW4) are actively transmitted in tropical countries including Brazil, but also emerging to Europe. That indicats global significance of avian haemosporidian research. Postdoc researcher is experienced in PCR-based diagnostics of haemosporidians using cytochrome b (cytb) partial sequences, but not in application of other genes in molecular characterization of the parasites as well as in taxonomy and vector research. Qualification of the researcher would be markedly improved on these topics. The new knowledge will also contribute to development of avian parasitology in Lithuania and Europe. The project is a unique opportunity to bring a Brazilian young researcher to the Lithuanian laboratory, which is well-recognizable in studies of wildlife haemosporidians.

Funding of researchers

Post-doctoral scholarship "Molecular and morphological characterization of avian malaria and related haemosporidian parasites"

Projects leader: habil. dr. Gediminas Valkiūnas

PostDoc: dr. Vladimirov Dimitar Dimitrov
Terms of the project: 2013 - 2015 m.

Post-doctoral scholarship "Specificity studies on avian malaria and other haemosporidian (Sporozoa, Haemosporida) parasites" (LMT PSTDOC-1)

Projects leader: habil. dr. Gediminas Valkiūnas

PostDoc: dr. A. Križanauskienė
Terms of the project: 2009 - 2011 m.

General subsidy

Mechanisms of speciation in malaria parasites and related haemosporidians

Projects leader: habil. dr. Gediminas Valkiūnas

Project No. VP1-3.1-ŠMM-07-K-01-047.
Terms of the project: 2011–2015
Budget of the project: 1 528 220,00 Lt


Molecular fundamentals of wildlife biodiversity and ecology

Projects leader: habil. dr. Gediminas Valkiūnas

Complex interdisciplinary research into wildlife biodiversity and ecology applying a wide range of advanced molecular methods and technologies to generate new fundamental knowledge about biodiversity; assessment of discrepancies and similarities between the data obtained by different (up-to-date and traditional) methods and evaluation of genetic, phenotypic and ecological mechanisms underlying biodiversity in conditions of climate and environment change.

- Development of the latest scientific knowledge-based recommendations for biodiversity preservation and its ecological state improvement.