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Project: Malaria epidemiology and elimination in high transmission settings

Day Group

Despite significant headway in reducing the global burden of malaria since the Roll Back Malaria initiative was launched in 1998, recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that global progress towards eradication has stalled. The risk of Plasmodium falciparum rebound is greater for sub-Saharan Africa where the majority of malaria infections are chronic and asymptomatic, therefore going untreated and creating a persistent reservoir to fuel transmission. The large size of this reservoir is one of the greatest challenges to malaria elimination at a local and regional level. We have been investigating the diversity of P. falciparum in this reservoir to better understand the resilience of the parasite population to malaria control interventions in Bongo District located in the Upper East Region of Ghana, West Africa. 

Project site: Bio21 Institute

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Project Supervisor

Professor Karen Day

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Master of Biomedical Science

Day Group

8 vacancies

Bacterial and Parasitic Infections
Cross Cutting Disciplines
Computational Science and Genomics
Global Health
Public Health

Professor Karen Day runs a multidisciplinary malaria research group that utilises molecular epidemiology to study the role that variation in human, parasite, and vector genomes plays in modulating transmission dynamics of Plasmodium spp. She is also interested in cell-to-cell communication in malaria parasites to alter population behaviour. She has a strong track record in interdisciplinary training of the next generation of infectious disease epidemiologists.