Dr. Malla Rao
Deputy Branch Chief
Parasitology and International Programs Branch
Principal Investigator: Pradipsinh Rathod, Ph.D.Lead Institution: University of Washington, Seattle
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.
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.
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
Map description: Associated sites in India (Panaji, Goa; Mumbai, Maharashtra; Wardha, Maharashtra; Agartala, Tripura; Dibrugarh, Assam; Ranchi, Jharkhand)
Last Updated November 25, 2013
Last Reviewed April 05, 2011