Group member since October 2013
Supervisors: Dr Francisca Mutapi
Funding: Darwin Trust of Edinburgh
Project Title: Plasmodium specific immune response in Plasmodium and schistosoma co-infection.
Project Summary: Malaria and urinary schistosomiasis are two important endemic parasitic diseases of public health concern in Sub-Saharan Africa. In endemic regions, multiple parasitic infections are frequently observed and often result in parasite interaction. Antibodies to the blood stage merozoite in the Plasmodium life cycle have been associated with acquired protective immunity. I therefore aim to characterise antibody responses to the merozoite surface antigens 1 and 2 in people co-infected with malaria and urinary schistosomiasis to understand whether the natural development of Plasmodium-specific immune responses differ with different Plasmodium species and strains, different Plasmodium transmission dynamics, and schistosome infection status and intensity.
- MSc Microbiology and Immunology, University of Nottingham (2012-2013)
- BSc Medical Laboratory Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (2006-2010)