WRIM Research Focus Areas
WRIM Research Focus Areas
Start main page content

Current Research

  • Vectors:
    • Insecticide resistance in mosquito populations
    • Systematics and population genetics of vector mosquitoes
    • Novel methods for vector control
    • Mosquito/parasite interactions
  • Molecular parasitology:     
    • Fundamental aspects of parasite biology
    • Evolutionary aspects of Plasmodium
    • Novel parasite drug targets
    • Genetic manipulation of parasites
    • Antimalarial drug discovery:
    • Design and evaluate antimalarial activities of synthetic and natural compounds.
    • Elucidate mechanisms of action of the compounds and interaction of novel compounds with standard antimalarial agents.
    • Determine toxicological properties and safety indices of the compounds.
    • Investigate antimalarial activity in vitro, in vivo and in phase 1 to 3 clinical trials.
  • Investigations of malaria transmission in African countries and recommendations for integrated malaria control interventions:
    For commercial companies operating in Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Ghana, Angola, DRC, Malawi and Tanzania
    As collaborators on WHO/AFRO, WHO/TDR, MIM, Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust funded projects in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Swaziland.
  • Collaborative research projects with international institutions such as the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK; Johns Hopkins University, Notre Dame University, University of California at Davis, Tufts University, Centres for Disease Control, USA; University of Wageningen, the Netherlands; IRD and ILL, France; IMBB, Crete, Greece; Jamia Millia Islamia, India; and the Academy of Science, Czech Republic.