Dr Julius Hafalla
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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, and an Associate Professor in 2015.
Since 2015, Julius has been facilitating the LSHTM’s external partnerships with institutions in the Philippines and other countries in South East Asia. He is currently a faculty of the Joint PhD Programme in Global Health between LSHTM and Nagasaki University, Japan, and the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
Research Degrees Coordinator: Department of Infection Biology, Department of Disease Control, and MRC Unit The Gambia at the LSHTM
Module Organiser: Advanced Immunology I (3134) and II (3144)
Deputy Module Organiser: Immunology of Parasitic Infections (3177)
Lecturer: Immunology of Infectious Diseases (3120), Medical Parasitology (3122), Advanced Immunology I (3134) and II (3144), Immunology of Parasitic Infections (3177), Vaccine Immunology (3191), Malaria (3195)
Tutor and MSc Project Supervisor: MSc Immunology for Infectious Diseases, MSc Medical Parasitology
Programme Committee and Exam Board: MSc Immunology for Infectious Diseases, MSc Medical Parasitology
Julius Hafalla's research investigates factors that govern the magnitude, efficiency and long-term maintenance of protective immune responses to infection, focussing on malaria, dengue and tuberculosis. He has an interest in understanding protective and pathological mechanisms involved in these infections. He is involved in infectious disease research in The Philippines and in Ghana.