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Alfred Ngwa: Half a century of evolution of the major malaria parasite in Africa

Friday, September 24, 2021 10:00am to 11:00am

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The EPPIcenter at UCSF hosts Amambua-Ngwa, PhD as part of is seminar series.

Dr Amambua-Ngwa is an Associate Professor at Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He completed his PhD in  Biochemistry and Molecular Parasitology at the University of Buea (Cameroon), before joining the MRC Gambia at LSHTM, as a Post doc researching Plasmodium falciparum invasion pathways and genetic diversity. He used deep sequencing data on Gambian P. falciparum isolates to investigate signatures of balancing selection, with the aim of identifying new gene targets for functional and immunological investigations. He continued on as a Career Development fellow at  MRCG at LSTMH, investigating malaria population genomics with a particular interest in determining genome-wide signatures of selection for markers of drug resistance in P falciparum. He leads several projects, including the PAMGEN H3Africa consortium for malaria genetic epidemiology. He is a member of the Plasmodium Diversity Network Africa (PDNA), African Association for Research a and Control of Antimicrobial Resistance (AAAMR) and two African Academy of Science researcher training programmes (AAS-DELTAS).

The EPPIcenter at UCSF brings a systems epidemiology approach to understanding complex infectious disease dynamics by integrating state-of-the-art data collection, molecular technologies, and computational analysis. Our interdisciplinary approach provides novel insight into the targeting of interventions to reduce and ultimately eliminate infectious disease burden.

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  • Allison Tatarsky
  • Katrina Blank
  • Manuela Carrasquilla

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