Julius Hafalla BSc MSc PhD

Associate Professor of Immunology and Royal Society University Research Fellow


Julius Hafalla obtained his BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines – Diliman. He then worked as a Research Assistant at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (Philippines) and as a Fogarty Fellow at the International Health Institute of Brown University (USA). Julius obtained his MSc and PhD in Basic Medical Sciences at New York University (USA), where he investigated the development of T cell responses to malaria liver stage infection. He also did post-doctoral work in parasitology, immunology and pre-clinical vaccine development at New York University.

In 2005, Julius joined the LSHTM as a Royal Society Incoming Fellow to study the regulation of pathogenic responses during blood stage malaria infections, and as a Wellcome Trust Visiting Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine to examine cellular immune responses to malaria in Thailand and Tanzania.

In 2008, Julius was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which was renewed in 2013. He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Immunology in 2013.




MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases – core immunology, advanced immunology and parasite immunology

MSc Medical Parasitology – core parasitology

MSc Medical Microbiology – core bacteriology

MSc Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases – research progress and applications


Julius Hafalla's research investigates factors that govern the magnitude, efficiency and long-term maintenance of protective immune responses to malaria pre-erythrocytic stages. He has an interest in understanding protective and pathological mechanisms involved during malaria blood stage infection. He is involved in infectious disease research in The Philippines.

Research areas

  • Immunisation
  • Innate immunity
  • Parasites
  • Protozoa
  • T-cell immunology
  • Vaccines


  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Immunopathology
  • Molecular biology
  • Parasitology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Dengue
  • Infectious disease
  • Malaria
  • Tropical diseases


  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
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