Malaria drug resistance in the Asia Pacific region

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Burnet Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor Freya Fowkes 8506 2225 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof James Beeson 9282 2271 Personal web page

Project Details

Malaria is a major global health issue causing around 300 million cases and 500,000 deaths annually. In recent years we have witnessed the alarming spread of resistance to many drugs used to treat malaria, and this is compromising malaria control and elimination efforts and may be contributing to increasing rates of malaria in some regions. The emergence and spread of drug resistance has been particularly concerning in the South East Asia region, and controlling the spread of drug resistance has been a major global activity. Understanding the prevalence of resistance to different antimalarial drugs and tracking the spread of resistance is essential.

This project will quantify drug resistance to antimalarial drugs currently in use in Papua New Guinea and/or Myanmar using samples from large clinical and population studies. PCR and other molecular methods will be used to quantify drug resistance markers for artemisinin, sulfadoxine-pyremethamine, lumefantrine, piperaquine, and chloroquine, and will be combined with statistical analysis and geospatial mapping of resistance, depending on the student’s specific interests and training. The project will determine the extent of drug resistance in populations, comparing different regions, and evaluate changes in drug resistance over time.

Interested students should contact Arzum,

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Burnet Institute

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