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Dr Rosalind HowesPostdoctoral Researcher

Rosalind is an epidemiologist who investigates the interactions between Plasmodium vivax and human gene polymorphisms. She is a Postdoctoral Researcher based partly with the Malaria Atlas Project in Oxford, and partly in Madagascar in collaboration with Pete Zimmerman and the Center for Global Health & Diseases, Case Western Reserve University, USA.

She completed her BA in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford in 2007, after which she joined the Malaria Atlas Project as a Research Assistant, and later as a doctoral student. She is interested in the epidemiology of human red blood cell polymorphisms and how these interact with Plasmodium vivax parasites. In particular, she studies the transmission dynamics of P. vivax in Africa where the majority of the population is Duffy negative and thought to be genetically refractory to infection. Her fieldwork in Madagascar investigates the interactions between the human Duffy antigen and the P. vivax parasites. She is also interested in the epidemiology of G6PD deficiency and how this impacts on primaquine treatment.

Selected Publications

Tatem, A.J., Jia, P., Ordanovich, D., Falkner, M., Huang, Z., Howes, R.E., Hay, S.I., Gething, P.W. and Smith, D.L. (2017). The geography of imported malaria to non-endemic countries: a meta-analysis of nationally-reported statistics. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 17 (1) : 98-107 DOI

Howes, R.E., Battle, K.E., Mendis, K.N., Smith, D.L., Cibulskis, R.E., Baird, J.K. and Hay, S.I. (2016). Global epidemiology of Plasmodium vivax. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, : 10.4269/ajtmh.16-0141 DOI

Battle, K.E., Bisanzio, D., Gibson, H.S., Bhatt, S., Cameron, E., Weiss, D.J., Mappin, B., Dalrymple, U., Howes, R.E., Hay, S.I. and Gething, P.W. (2016). Treatment-seeking rates in malaria endemic countries. Malaria Journal, 15 : 20 DOI

Anstey, N.M., Auburn, S., Baird, J.K., Battle, K.E., Bobogare, A., Chancellor, A., Chasombat, S., Cheng, Q., Chong, C.K., Domingo, G.J., Drakeley, C.J., Drukpa, T., Dysoley, L., Espino, F.E., Gething, P.W., Ghimire, P., Gosling, R.D., Grewal-Daumerie, P., Hay, S.I., Howes, R.E., Hwang, J., Karim, J., Khan, W.A., Kim, J-Y., Ley, B., Mannion, K., McCarthy, J., Keong, W.M., Mueller, I., Namgay, R., Price, R.N., Qi, G., Rebueno, M., Reeder, J., Richards, J., Sattabongkot-Prachumsri, J., Shanks, G.D., Sibley, C.H., Surya, A., Taleo, G., Thang, N.D., Thongpaseuth, V., Thriemer, K., Trimarsanto, H., Vestergaard, L.S., von Seidlein, L and Whittaker, M. (2015). Targeting vivax malaria in the Asia Pacific: The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network Vivax Working Group. Malaria Journal, 14 : 484 DOI

Howes, R.E., Reiner, Jr., R.C., Battle, K.E., Longbottom, J., Mappin, B., Ordanovich, D., Tatem, A.J., Drakeley, C., Gething, P.W., Zimmerman, P.A., Smith, D.L. and Hay, S.I. (2015). Plasmodium vivax transmission in Africa. Public Library of Science Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9 (11) : e0004222 DOI

Battle, K.E., Guerra, C.A., Golding, N., Duda, K.A., Cameron, E., Howes, R.E., Elyazar, I.R.F., Baird, J.K., Reiner, R.C. Jr., Gething, P.W., Smith, D.L. and Hay, S.I. (2015). Global database of matched Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax incidence and prevalence records from 1985-2013. Scientific Data, 2 : 150012 DOI

Pigott, D.M., Howes, R.E., Wiebe, A., Battle, K.E., Golding, N., Gething, P.W., Dowell, S.F., Farag, T.H., Garcia, A.J., Kimball, A.M., Krause, K.L., Smith, C.H., Brooker, S.J., Kyu, H.H., Vos, T., Murray, C.J.L., Moyes, C.L. and Hay, S.I. (2015). Prioritising infectious disease mapping. Public Library of Science Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9 (6) : e0003756 DOI

Battle, K.E., Cameron, E., Guerra, C.A., Golding, N., Duda, K.A., Howes, R.E., Elyazar, I.R.F., Price, R.N., Baird, J.K., Reiner, R.C. Jr., Smith, D.L., Gething, P.W. and Hay, S.I. (2015). Defining the relationship between Plasmodium vivax parasite rate and clinical disease. Malaria Journal, 14 : 191 DOI

Hollm-Delgado, M.-G., Piel, F.B., Weiss, D.J., Howes, R.E., Stuart, E.A., Hay, S.I. and Black, R.E. (2015). Vitamin A supplements, routine immunization, and the subsequent risk of Plasmodium infection among children under 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa. eLife, 4 : e03925 DOI

Howes, R.E., Battle, K.E., Golding, N. and Hay, S.I. (2014). Plasmodium vivax thematic review: epidemiology. , : A thematic review prepared for the Writing Committee for the development of the World Health Organization of Global Strategic Plan on Plasmodium vivax control and elimination. Pg. 103. Geneva: World Health Organization. PDF


December 2011 - May 2017 Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Science (SRF) Our previous work has shown mapping to be fundamental to understanding the epidemiology of P. falciparum and for monitoring public health impacts on malaria at a global scale....
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September 2013 - August 2015 Plasmodium vivax in Madagascar: The SEEG group holds a subcontract for a NIH-funded project led by Prof....
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