Person Details

Hans-Peter Beck, Professor, PhD, Head of Unit
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Department -> Unit
Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology -> Molecular Parasitology and Epidemiology


Main function
Biologist, Prof. Dr.


Professional activities at Swiss TPH
  • Head of Molecular Parasitology-Molecular Epidemiology group at STI Advisor for WHO and CDC on Markers for resistance against antimalaria drugs in Plasmodium falciparum Member of the European Network of Molecular Epidemiology
  • Member of the Society for Molecular Epidemiology, Evolution, and Genetics of Infectious diseases (MEEGID) Boardmember of the Swiss Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Research focus and professional interests: Molecular parasitology with focus on malaria and application of laboratory techniques to field settings (i.e. bridging the lab to the field, ‘molecular epidemiology’). Interest in gene regulation and stage specific gene expression to identify target molecules for possible interventions.

Higher education and qualifications
  • MSc, 1981 in Cell-Biology University of Tübingen, FRG Dept. of Cell Biology
  • PhD, 1986 in Molecular Biology University of Tübingen FRG Dept. of Cell Biology
  • Habilitation, 1995, Cell Biology University Witten-Herdecke FRG Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Habilitation, 1996, Molecular Parasitology University of Basel, Switzerland Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
  • Professorship, 2004, Molecular Parasitology University of Basel, Switzerland Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Past professional activities
  • 1995-  Project leader, Molecular Parasitology- Epidemiology, Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1994 - 1995: Research Fellow and project leader at the Institute of Cell Biology, University of Witten-Herdecke, Witten, FRG. since Aug.
  • 1990 - 1994: Research Fellow and section head of Molecular Parasitology Unit at the PNG Institute of Medical Research, Madang, Papua New Guinea.
  • 1990: Visiting scientist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne (laboratory of Prof. Dr. G. Mitchell, Dr. R. Anders).
  • 1989: Research Fellow at the Medizinisch-Naturwissenschaft- liche Forschungszentrum, University of Tübingen FRG (laboratory Prof. Dr. H.J. Lipps).
  • 1986 - 1988: Post-doctoral research fellow at the Dept. of Genetics at the University of Edinburgh and at the Wellcome Unit of Molecular Parasitology, Dept. of Veterinary Parasitology, University of Glasgow, U.K. (Laboratory of Prof. Dr. A. Tait).


    Editorial Boards

    • Journal of Tropical Medicine
    • PLOS Pathogen