Transmission of Plasmodium falciparum in Kenya
Only a small proportion of all individuals infected with malaria parasites can transmit to the mosquito. We develop and apply highly sensitive molecular techniques to measure who contributes to transmission, and when transmission potential is highest. In a recent study, we have shown that parasites increase their investment in transmission in the wet season when mosquitos are abundant. This finding can help to develop better strategies to adapt malaria control to seasonality.
At the EIGH, our researchers use epidemiology to understand the distribution and determinants of the health and disease conditions in specific populations, and to identify risk factors for certain diseases. This allows them to develop, implement, and measure the impact of targeted, preventative healthcare methods.
Genetics and Genomics
One way to study certain diseases is through genetics - the study of heredity and the variation of individual inherited genes in an organism. At the EIGH, this means studying how organisms can inherit and spread certain diseases. Additionally, by analyzing the entire structure, function, and evolution of an organism's genes, researchers may identify ways to prevent a disease from genetically passing disease traits.
At the EIGH, our researchers work to combat a number of various illnesses, including infectious diseases caused by organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. These diseases can also be spread from one person to another and may be transmitted from animals to humans.
- Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) - Kisumu
- Egerton University, Kenya