Alexandra Schwarz PhD.

Postdoc

Alexandra Schwarz PhD.

 

room: PaÚ 614

phone: +420 387 775 491

email: schwarz@paru.cas.cz

Education


2009 PhD in parasitology at the University of Aberdeen, UK and the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany
2004 MSc. in biology with a main focus on Medical Parasitology, Zoology, Microbiology, Ecology and Environment and Medical Geography at the University of Bonn, Germany

 

Professional experience


From 2010 Postdoctoral research fellow at the Laboratory of Genomics and Proteomics of Disease Vectors, Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre, ASCR
12/2009 Postdoctoral research fellow at the Laboratory of Eco-Epidemiology, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Analysis of antibody responses of dogs from endemic Chagas disease areas to salivary proteins of T. infestans
11/2009 Postdoctoral research fellow at the Unidad de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Laboratorio de Immunologia, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru: Analysis of antibody responses of guinea pigs to saliva of T. infestans for the evaluation of an impregnated netting trial
01 – 04/2008 Visiting fellow at the LMVR, NIH, Rockville, USA: Heterologous synthesis of recombinant salivary proteins of T. infestans
09 – 11/2007 Visiting fellow at the Laboratory of Chagas disease and Immunoparasitology, Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Cochabamba, Bolivia: Epidemiological field study of T. infestans infestation in urban households of Bolivia
05 – 07/2006 Visiting fellow at the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research (LMVR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Rockville, USA: Heterologous synthesis of recombinant salivary proteins of T. infestans
11 – 12/2004 Practical training at the Institute for Evolution and Ecology, University of Bonn, Germany: Analysis of extra-pair paternity in the Coal Tit Parus ater using microsatellite genotyping
08 – 09/2004 Practical training at the Agricultural Research and Development Centre, Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Malta: Establishment of a national collection of insect pests occurring in the Maltese Islands
08 – 12/2003 Student assistant at the IMMIP, University of Bonn, Germany: Rearing of blood feeding mosquitoes (Culicidae: Anopheles spp., Culex spp., Aedes spp.) and supervision of students studying Medicine and Pharmacy during parasitology courses
07 – 08/2002 Practical training at the Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology (IMMIP), University of Bonn, Germany: Population studies on Ixodes ricinus and Anopheles spp. in the nature reserve ‘Kottenforst-Ville’, Bonn and the detection of Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. and the A. maculipennis-/A. claviger -complexes
08/2001 Study of the phenology of plants pollinated by hummingbirds, the hummingbird-plant interaction and the local avifauna in a secondary forest in the north-west of Ecuador; Fundación Ecologica para la Protección de los Puntos Verdes del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

 

Awards and contracts


2010 – 2012 Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for research studies at the Institute of Parasitology, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
2010 Young Scientist Award from the German Society of Parasitology for the attendance of the 12th International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA XII), Melbourne, Australia
2009 Travel award of the BSP to attend the BSP Spring/Malaria meeting 2009, Edinburgh, UK
2008 – 2010 Bilateral travel award between Germany and Argentina (PROALAR) from the DAAD for field and laboratory studies in Germany and Argentina
2008 Travel award from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds for laboratory studies at the LMVR, NIH, Rockville, USA
2008 Research and Devolpment contract with WEPA APOTHEKENBEDARF GmbH & Co KG, Hillscheid, Germany, for the ‘Analysis of B. burgdorferi s. l. prevalences in the nature reserve ‘Siebengebirge’ near Bonn, Germany
2008 Scholarship from the European Federation of Parasitologists to attend the 10th European Multicolloquium of Parasitology (EMOP X), Paris, France
2007 Travel award from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for field studies in Bolivia
2006 Travel award from the University of Aberdeen, UK, for laboratory studies at the LMVR, NIH, Rockville, USA
2006 Travel award from the British Society of Parasitology (BSP) for attending the 11th International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA XI), Glasgow, UK
2005 – 2008 Sixth Century PhD Studentship from the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK