Assistant Professor Minami Baba

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Plasmodium, Malaria, Toxoplasma, Molecular biology
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Department of Protozoology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University


2007 − 2013 Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences, Gifu University
2013 − 2017 Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Gifu University
2017 − 2021 Research Fellow, Department of Parasitology, Proteoscience Center, Ehime University
2021 −     Assistant Professor, Department of Protozoology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University


Elucidation of molecular mechanisms involved in host cell invasion of rodent malaria.

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Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. M. Nozaki, M. Baba, M. Tachibana, N. Tokunaga, M. Torii, T. Ishino. “Detection of the rhoptry neck protein complex in Plasmodium sporozoites and its contribution to sporozoite invasion of salivary glands.” mSphere 5(4): e00325-20, 2020. doi:10.1128/mSphere.00325-20.
  2. N. Tokunaga, M. Nozaki, M. Tachibana, M. Baba, K. Matsuoka, T. Tsuboi, M. Torii, and T. Ishino. “Expression and localization profiles of rhoptry proteins in Plasmodium berghei sporozoites” Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol. 9: 316, 2019. doi:10.3389/fcimb.2019.00316.
  3. S. Bantuchai, M. Nozaki, A. Thongkukiatkul, N. Lorsuwannarat, M. Tachibana, M. Baba, K. Matsuoka, T. Tsuboi, M. Torii, T. Ishino. “Rhoptry neck protein 11 has crucial roles during malaria parasite sporozoite invasion of salivary glands and hepatocytes” Int. J. Parasitol. 49(9), 725-35, 2019. doi:10.1016/j.ijpara.2019.05.001.
  4. Ishino, E. Murata, N. Tokunaga, M. Baba, M. Tachibana, A. Thongkukiatkul T. Tsuboi, M. Torii. “Rhoptry neck protein 2 expressed in Plasmodium sporozoites plays a crucial role during invasion of mosquito salivary glands” Cell. Microbiol. 21(1): e12964, 2018. doi:10.1111/cmi.12964.
  5. Baba, T. Batanova, (†: equally contributed) K. Kitoh, Y. Takashima. “Adhesion of Toxoplasma gondii tachyzoite-infected vehicle leukocytes to capillary endothelial cells triggers timely parasite egression” Sci. Rep. 7(1): 5675, 2017. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-05956-z.


I’m trying to reveal how Plasmodium, whose hosts are completely different organisms – mosquitoes and mammals – complete their complex mechanisms. I hope that by learning here, you will encounter what you want to know and acquire the tools and knowledge to know it.