This program oriented toward the data collection and the basic studies on biology, biochemistry and genetics of the malaria parasites, especially on genetic diversity and population structure of the Plasmodium falciparum.
About Malaria disease
Malaria has been a major problem of public health for several decades in endemic areas of the world’s poorest countries. Malaria incidence has increased during the past 20 years and caused more than 300 million acute illnesses resulting in at least one million deaths annually. Ninety percent of deaths were due to malaria occurring in South of Sahara in Africa, particularly among children below five years of age. Malaria is caused by a single cell protozoan parasite of the genus Plasmodium spp. With over 100 species, Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale and P. malariae are naturally transmitted to humans by female Anopheles mosquitoes. The P. falciparum found to be the most virulent and fatal to human. Therefore, the monitoring of drug resistance against avialable antimalarial drug is crucial for public health surveillances. The Bimolecular Technology in Malaria Program have conducted the research to solve this problem for more than 20 years. The students will learn the laboratory skill from the experiences researchers. We have developed various techniques and protocols both in parasites cultivation and molecular biology.