Genomic Epidemiology of Plasmodium falciparum in Zanzibar
We develop advanced genotyping protocols to understand the transmission dynamics of Plasmodium falciparum in Zanzibar. We aim to understand the contribution of imported infections, the relationship between clinical and asymptomatic infections, and whether infections diagnosed in asymptomatic individuals are related to clinical infections. Our findings directly support the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program (ZAMEP).
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.
- Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program (ZAMEP)
- Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
- Tulane University