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Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute

Alfred Amambua-Ngwa, MSc, PhD 

Keynote Speaker, Future of Malaria Research Symposium | November 13, 2020


2020 FMR Alfred Amambua Ngwa

Alfred Amambua-Ngwa, Associate Professor, Parasite Molecular Biology. Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia, Banjul, The Gambia at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. International Fellow, Wellcome Sanger Institute.

Alfred Amambua Ngwa has BSc, MSc and PhD training in Biochemistry from the University of Buea, Cameroon. His research experience began in 1998 with studies on host-parasite interactions in blinding helminthiasis from infection with Onchcocerca volvulus. Since 2004 he has been involved in malaria research cutting across disciplines; epidemiology, immunity, cell biology and population genetics. In 2006 he was appointed as scientist at MRC unit The Gambia, pioneering microarray and genomic sequencing to determine signatures of selection across the genome of the deadliest malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum in Africa. His current research focus is on phenotype-genotype association, human Plasmodium parasite evolution and transmission tracking in natural populations of malaria under intense interventions for elimination. He Leads the Pan-African Malaria Genetic Epidemiology Network (PAMGENe), analysing diversity and interaction between all three malaria genomes from parasites, humans and the anopheline vector across seven African countries.