Inari Kursula

I am a structural biologist, interested in cell motility and in particular how malaria parasites move and invade their host cells. I got my PhD in structural biology at the University of Oulu in 2003. After post-doctoral stays at the EMBL Hamburg Outstation and at the Karolinska Institute, I have led my own research group in Oulu since 2008. In parallel, I have been a junior group leader at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research at CSSB/DESY in Hamburg (2009-2015), Academy of Finland Research Fellow (2012-2017), a 20% professor at the University of Bergen (2014-2017, and a visiting scientist at the European XFEL (2015-). Currently, my main position is at the Department of Biomedicine, University of Bergen, where I hold a full professorship in addition to my 10% position in Oulu.

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  • structural biology, cell motility, cytoskeleton, malaria, parasitology
  • synchrotrons and free-electron lasers

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