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Paul A. Sigala, Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Twi

Academic Information

Departments: Biochemistry - Assistant Professor

Academic Office Information

(801) 587-4874

Emma Eccles Jones Research Building
15 North Medical Drive East, Room: 3532D
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Research Interests

  • Malaria
  • Heme Metabolism
  • Organelle Structure and Function
  • Metabolic Adaptation

In my lab, we use diverse biochemical, biophysical, and cellular tools to understand the metabolic adaptations that enable Plasmodium malaria parasites to survive and proliferate within human red blood cells. Our goals are to broaden fundamental knowledge of fascinating and divergent parasite biology and to identify and develop new therapeutic strategies to target this dangerous pathogen. My training and expertise are highly interdisciplinary and span multiple areas of mechanistic biochemistry, biophysics, parasite cell biology, and red blood cell metabolism. I am passionate about leveraging my cross-disciplinary training to mentor students to be rigorous, creative, and curiosity-driven scientists.

Education History

Postdoctoral Fellowship Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Molecular Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Stanford University, CA
Undergraduate Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Academic Exchange: Spanish Literature
Undergraduate University of California, San Diego, CA
Chemistry/Biochemistry, Spanish Literature
B.S., B.A.

Global Impact


Date Role Description Country
06/20/1999 Teacher U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer: Chemistry, HIV/AIDS, and computer education; Asankrangwa Secondary School, Ghana, West Africa Ghana