Professor Matthias Marti is a leading molecular and cell biologist studying human malaria parasites. His work is particularly focused on understanding the biology of the malaria transmission stage as a basis for translation. In a series of recent studies, he identified tissue niches in bone marrow and spleen as a headquarter for parasite growth and transmission stage development. This discovery has established a new paradigm in parasite biology, with major implications for diagnosis and treatment. After earning his PhD at the University of Zurich, Professor Marti worked for 4 years at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He spent ten years as a faculty at Harvard University before joining University of Glasgow as a Professor in 2016.