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Malaria Evolution in South Asia

Dr. Pradipsinh K. Rathod
Dr. Pradipsinh K. Rathod, PI for the South Asia ICEMR.


Principal Investigator: Pradipsinh Rathod, Ph.D.
Lead Institution: University of Washington, Seattle

Project Leads

  • Ashwani Kumar, National Institute of Malaria Research
  • Pradipsinh K. Rathod, University of Washington
  • Jayanthi S. Shastri, Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases
  • Jagadish Mahanta, Regional Medical Research Center, NE Region

Collaborating Institutions

  • Agartala Government Medical College, Agartala, Tripura, India
  • Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, Assam, India
  • Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, India
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
  • Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
  • National Institute of Malaria Research, Panaji, Goa, India
  • Regional Medical Research Center, Dibrugarh, Assam, India
  • Topiwala National Medical College and BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Research Areas

The overall goal of the South Asia ICEMR is to understand the genetic plasticity (or adaptability) of malaria parasites in the region and its relationship to drug resistance, virulence, transmission and human immunity.

Regional Impact

Findings by the Center should greatly assist the assessment of malaria threat levels in South Asia and may also have predictive value in understanding new, unexpected outbreaks of severe malaria.

View Associated sites in India (Panaji, Goa; Mumbai, Maharashtra; Wardha, Maharashtra; Agartala, Tripura; Dibrugarh, Assam; Kolkata, West Benegal; Ranchi, Jharkhand) in a larger map


Map description: Associated sites in India (Panaji, Goa; Mumbai, Maharashtra; Wardha, Maharashtra; Agartala, Tripura; Dibrugarh, Assam; Ranchi, Jharkhand)

Selected Publications

Guler J.L, Freeman, D.L., Ahyong, V., Patrapuvich, R., White, J., Gujjar, R., Phillips, M.A., DeRisi, J.D. and Rathod,. P.K. 2013. Asexual populations of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, use a two-step genomic strategy to acquire accurate, beneficial DNA amplifications. PLoS Pathogen. 2013; 9(5):e1003375. PMID: 23717205

Narayanasamy K, Chery L, Basu A, Duraisingh MT, Escalante A, Fowble J, Guler JL, Herricks T, Kumar A, Majumder P, Maki J, Mascarenhas A, Rodrigues J, Roy B, Sen S, Shastri J, Smith J, Valecha N, White J, Rathod, PK. 2012 Malaria evolution in South Asia: Knowledge for control and elimination. Acta Trop. 121(3):256-66 PMID: 22266213

Kumar A, Chery L, Biswas C, Dubhashi N, Dutta P, Dua VK, Kacchap M, Kakati S, Khandeparkar A, Kour D, Mahajan SN, Maji A, Majumder P, Mohanta J, Mohapatra PK, Narayanasamy K, Roy K, Shastri J, Valecha N, Vikash R, Wani R, White J, Rathod, PK. 2012 Malaria in South Asia: Prevalence and control. Acta Trop. 121(3):246-55. PMID: 22248528

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Last Updated November 25, 2013

Last Reviewed April 05, 2011