Dr. Simon Draper
Dr Draper is a UK MRC Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, where he leads the Blood-Stage Malaria Vaccine Group.
His research interests include studies of vaccine-induced malaria immunity as well as the optimisation of antibody and B cell induction by subunit vaccines. His group has pioneered the use of new vectored and protein vaccine delivery platforms for antibody induction as well as for new antigen target identification. In recent years, his group has developed new vaccines targeting blood-stage antigens from the human malaria parasites Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax, including PfRH5 and PvDBP_RII, and these have been translated into Phase I/IIa clinical trials. His group is also focusing on the isolation of human monoclonal antibodies from vaccinated volunteers in clinical trials, seeking to understand the human antibody response to key antigens and to further develop these for prophylactic or therapeutic human delivery.