Message from the organizers

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Fellow Parasitologists,


We would like to announce the opening of registration for the 34th Hybrid Molecular Parasitology Meeting (MPM XXXIV).

WHEN: Sunday, September 17, 2023, to Thursday September 21, 2023

WHERE: Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA (USA)

HOW TO REGISTER: Go to (Abstracts due June 19)


This hybrid meeting will be held simultaneously online AND at the MBL in Woods Hole. Speakers and poster presenters will therefore both be in person in the MBL lecture halls as well as presenting online.

MPM XXXIV will continue to cover diverse aspects of parasite biology including molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, drug development and targets, host-parasite interactions, and methodological innovations. As in past years, we will prioritize talks and posters presented by young scientists (students and post-docs) to give them the opportunity to showcase their best work to a large audience.

This year our keynote speaker is the Distinguished Professor Alan Cowman (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, University of Melbourne), who has made foundational contributions to the molecular study of malaria. The keynote talk celebrates an individual who has made a long-term contribution to molecular parasitology through mentoring, leadership, and research with sustained impact in their field.

We are also honored to host Professor Francine Ntoumi (Marien Ngouabi University, Brazzaville,  Republic of the Congo), who is a global leader in infectious disease biology - including malaria - and public health research capacity building. Prof. Ntoumi will present our annual plenary session focused on building a more connected, equitable and just molecular parasitology community.

Talks will be selected from submitted abstracts, with an emphasis on outstanding, mostly unpublished science and program balance. In-person attendance is not a pre-requisite for selection, and we anticipate having a mix of in-person and virtual seminars throughout the meeting.

We encourage you to start working on your abstracts as the abstract submission deadline is June 19, regardless of whether you plan to attend in person or online.


To submit your scientific abstract, you will first need to register and then you will be redirected to the abstract submission page.                  


Registration Link:

Note: If you are a scientist based at institutions in low and middle income countries (LMICs), we are pleased to be able to offer fee waivers for virtual attendees.  LMIC status is determined by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.  To check if your country is considered an LMIC see here:


Important dates and deadlines


June 19, 2023, for in person AND virtual registration/payment


July 23, 2023, for in person registration/payment

September 1, 2023, for virtual registration/payment


June 19, 2023 if you want to submit an abstract

August 21, 2023 without abstract.



Please note that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) requires all in-person attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ( For information on staying up to date with COVID vaccine requirements for traveling to the USA, please visit these CDC websites and


We look forward to receiving your exciting abstracts!


Please also feel free to forward this announcement to anyone we may have inadvertently missed from the mailing list.


We are very much looking forward to seeing you in September,


Bibo Li, Manuel Llinás, Maryse Lebrun, Omar Harb, & Deepali Ravel


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Preliminary Program


Alan F. Cowman

Keynote Speaker MPM XXXIV

Exploring the Biology of the Malaria Parasite – Some Successes & Failures

Alan F. Cowman is Deputy Director at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) in Melbourne., Australia. He did his undergraduate degrees at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia followed by a PhD at WEHI. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at University of California – Berkeley with Gerry Rubin working on Drosophila he returned to WEHI and developed a laboratory studying malaria. He has worked on malaria for over 30 years and published over 360 papers on infection and pathogenesis to understand the function of proteins in Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of the most severe form of malaria. The aim of his laboratory is to understand the function of proteins involved in the development of the malaria parasite. His laboratory collaborates with Merck USA to discover / develop novel antimalarials and a clinical candidate is currently in first in human clinical trials.


Previous MPM Keynote speakers

Francine Ntoumi

Plenary Speaker MPM XXXIV

Francine Ntoumi, Ph.D., serves as the President and co-founder of the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research and leads its Research Center for infectious diseases in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. She is Professor of molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases at the Institute of Tropical medicine, University of Tübingen. She has a long-standing record of research investigations on malaria in Senegal, Cameroon, Gabon and rep of Congo.

Since 2009, Ntoumi has been highly involved in developing health research capacities in Central Africa through the coordination of the Central Africa clinical research network (CANTAM) and since 2018 leading the Pan-African Network for Rapid Research, Response, Relief and Preparedness for Infectious Diseases Epidemics consortium (PANDORA-Id-Net). She is also highly engaged in promoting gender balance in science in the African region through an important program, “To make Science, a female ambition.” 

Ntoumi is member of several scientific and advisory committees and is involved in many international scientific networks in Africa, Europe, and the United States. She is a fellow of the African Academy of Science. 

In recognition of her efforts in developing research capacities in Africa, Prof. Ntoumi received many awards including the prestigious African Union Kwame Nkrumah Regional Scientific Award for women (2012), The Georg Forster Prize (Germany, 2015), the Christophe Merieux Prize (France), the Congolese Gold Medal in Science (2016) and the German federal Cross of Merit  (2022). She has been acknowledged as Officer of Congolese Merit (2022) and in August 2023, she has been recognized as the public health Champion by the World Health Organization.

MPM 2023 travel award selection has been completed and awardees notified.

Important Dates

Save the date: September 17-21, 2023

Abstract submission deadline: June 19, 2023

Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct covers the in-person, virtual (online) or hybrid Molecular Parasitology Meetings (MPM). MPM conferences may include keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, live poster Q&A, workshops, conference-related Slack channels, and Q&A via Zoom chat.

Updated July, 2021 (adapted from the Genetic Society of America policy)

MPM fosters an international community of parasitologists and provides opportunities for scientific discussion and collaboration. To make this experience productive and welcoming to all, and to foster open communication we ask you to adhere to MPMs code of conduct outlined below:

All conference participants (regardless of their role) are expected to follow the Code of Conduct while attending any portion of the conference, including but not limited to keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, live poster Q&A sessions, workshops, Zoom, email, social media and all conference Slack channels. This code of conduct applies to all modes of communication virtual or in-person

Unacceptable Behaviors

Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to:

Taking action or making a report

Consequences of non-compliance

Anyone asked by MPM organizers, a Session Chair, Workshop Leader, Moderator, Presenter, or Zoom representative to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. Retaliation toward MPM or toward someone reporting an incident or after experiencing any of the following consequences will not be tolerated and may result in additional sanctions.

The consequences of non-compliance with MPM’s Code of Conduct may include:

Diversity and Inclusion

MPM is committed to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion to create greater opportunity for any individual to fulfil their scientific potential, irrespective of their background, gender, or circumstances. This diversity leads to innovation by attracting the widest possible talent to the community and fostering a greater diversity of ideas, approaches, and perspectives. The Organizing Committee aims to select speakers and session chairs that represent the breadth and diversity of the discipline and conference participants.

Social Media/Photo/Video Policy

Live tweeting of presentations is allowed unless the speaker explicitly opts out by stating so at the start of their talk. Taking or sharing photos, videos, or reproductions of posters is not permitted unless you have the presenter’s consent.


When you view poster materials at the conference, remember that posters are typically works in progress. We expect poster attendees to treat virtual posters exactly as they would in-person posters and not to cite or reproduce any part of them without permission of the presenter.

Meeting Location and Travel Information

The Molecular Parasitology Meeting (MPM) takes place annually at the Marine Biological Laboratories (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts (MA), USA.


Marine Biological Laboratory

7 MBL Street Woods Hole, MA 02543


Phone Number: +1-508-548-3705

Travel information to Woods Hole available here:

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