Genetic epidemiology of the Plasmodium falciparum reservoir of infection in Bongo District, Ghana

During my PhD I investigated the genetic epidemiology of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum in Bongo District, Ghana and discovered that residents of all ages harbored infections that were genetically diverse and structured to ensure lifelong carriage of parasites. The findings from my PhD have supported the development of a novel malaria surveillance tool called the “varcode” that can be applied to genetically fingerprint parasites based on variant antigen genes.

Below is a graphical abstract from one of the publications from the major findings of my thesis. This manuscript is accepted in International Journal for Parasitology.

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January 1, 0001
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Genomic surveillance Epidemiology Genomics
genomic surveillance genomics epidemiology
See Also:
Understanding malaria infection dynamics
Building capacity for improved malaria surveillance genotyping tools
Applying the varcode for malaria outbreak surveillance in Ecuador