Parasitology & Medical Entomology

Introduction

The Department of Parasitology and Medical Entomology is concerned with studying the Distribution, Behaviour, Ecology, Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and the Susceptibility of medical parasites, Insects and Arachnida to the locally available and used control measures. Also, the department research portfolio is spanning to include investigating the Epidemiology, Transmission and dynamics of the vector-borne Diseases, and their susceptibility to the currently used drugs.

Head Department

Dr.Muzamil Mahdi Abdel Hamid

Mission&Vission

- Our aim is to contribute to the control and elimination of the Vector-borne Diseases locally and regionally.

- To be a reference laboratory that leading the research and control of the Vector-borne Diseases in the region.

Methods

We work through a global collaboration and partnership with sisters departments and institutes around the world. Also, we work closely with Sudan Federal Ministry of Health, States Ministries of Health in Sudan, International Non-Governmental Organization, UN agencies, and other Health and Research partners such as Donors and Funding Agencies.

Research Areas

  1. Studying the distribution, biology, ecology, behaviour, and genetic of the Diseases Vectors.

  2. Molecular epidemiology of Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax malaria, parasite genomic diversity and population genetics.

  3. Monitoring insecticide resistance in the major diseases vectors.

  4. Diseases transmission and epidemiology.

  5. Monitoring malaria drug resistance.

  6. Surveillance, burden and risk modelling of Arbo-viral diseases.

  7. Monitoring antimicrobial drug resistance.

  8. Malaria diagnostics development.

Members

  1. Prof Abdelrahim Osman (MBBS, PhD)

  2. Dr. Musab Albsheer (PhD)

  3. Dr Mohamed Siddig (MBBS)

  4. Dr Hana Salah-Eldin (PhD)

  5. Mr Ayman Ahmed (BSc, MSc)

  6. Ms Arwa Elaagip (BSc, MSc)

  7. Mawada Yousif (BSc, MSc)

  8. Safa Ahmed (BSc, MSc)

  9. Fayad Jamaledin (BSc)

Projects and Funders

  1. Clinical Evaluation of Automated Microscope Solutions for Malaria Diagnosis (2020). Funded by FIND, Switzerland, 2020

  2. Molecular characterization and identification of risk factors associated with Aedes-borne viruses (Dengue, Chikungunya) in eastern Sudan, (2019). Funded by the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

  3. Genomic characterization of Chikungunya virus circulating in Sudan (2019). Funded by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH).

  4. Pan-African Network for Rapid Research, Response, Relief and Preparedness for Infectious Diseases Epidemics, PANDORA-ID NET (2018). Funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

  5. Assessing the burden of co-infection of malaria and Aedes-borne arboviral diseases in the Khartoum state, Sudan. (2018). funded by the EMRO/TDR

  6. Surveillance of healthcare-associated gram-negative bacterial infections and molecular identification of antimicrobial resistance genes (2016). Funded by Ministry of Higher Education, Sudan.

  7. Entomological and socioeconomic determinants affecting Dengue prevalence in Kassala area, Sudan (2016). Funded by EMRO/TDR.

  8. Investigation on the mechanisms of carbamate and organophosphate resistance in the major malaria vector in Sudan 2015. Funded by Wellcome Trust Masters fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine,

  9. Plasmodium vivax malaria in central and eastern Sudan: Molecular epidemiology, burden, and development of ArcView GIS maps (2015). Funded by EMRO/TDR.

  10. Estimation of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency prevalence and evaluation of phenotypic tests in malaria endemic areas and evaluation of phenotypic tests in Sudan (2014). Funded by EMRO/TDR.

  11. Micro-evolution of Plasmodium vivax in East Africa in relevance to vector adaption (2014). (2014). Funded by Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

International Collaborators

  1. Dr. David Weetman, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK

  2. Dr. Sonia Goncalves, MalariaGen-Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

  3. Sir Prof Ali Zumla, Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health, University College London, UK

  4. Dr Seda Yerlikaya, Dr Xavier Ding, FIND, Switzerland