After a medical degree in France in 1973 and a PhD in the U.K. in 1977, Marcel Hommel worked as a research scientist in the National Institute for Medical Research in London, the Institut Pasteur in Paris, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. In 1986, he was appointed to the Alfred Jones and Warrington Yorke Chair of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool, where he remained for over twenty years.
He worked on the immunology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of various parasitological diseases, including malaria and visceral leishmaniasis.His research group was the first to describe antigenic variation in Plasmodium falciparum, which later lead to a better understanding of the role of sequestration in the pathophysiology of cerebral malaria. During his career, he supervised the studies of 36 PhD students from many parts of the world and initiated a number of innovative training programmes on malaria.
Prof. Hommel founded Malaria Journal in 2002 and has been its Editor-in-Chief ever since; every year, the journal publishes 500+ peer-reviewed papers on all aspects of malaria.