Chiara Andolina earned a degree in Biological Science from the University of Trieste, Italy. She then specialized with an MSc in Molecular Biology and worked on a two year project on the role of the HHV-6 virus in lymphoid tissue of hospitalized children. Completion of a course in “Malaria and microscopic diagnosis” at Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital in Negrar, Italy, deepened her interest in malaria parasites and propagated a move to England in order to study for a further MSc in Medical Parasitology. She completed her thesis whilst working on Pemba Island in the Republic of Zanzibar on the assessment of the efficacy of Praziquantel treatment against Schistosoma haematobium after repeated mass administration treatment.
In 2007 she was employed by Rothamsted Research (Harpenden-United Kingdom) as senior research assistant in the Department of Biological Chemistry. Her main research project involved the isolation and identification of semiochemicals produced by human beings and livestock through insect behaviour studies and analytical chemistry. The following year she joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she was responsible of malaria transmission experiments in a secure insectary. She successfully established transmission of cultured Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes to Anopheles gambiae.
In 2010 Chiara was employed by Oxford University as a research scientist to work on a Primaquine project on the Thailand-Myanmar border, where she was the head of the secure insectary and in charge of malaria transmission experiments until November 2016. Current research is focused on molecular detection of gametocytes and production of P. vivax sporozoites for liver stages studies. She collaborates with several institutions in USA, France and Singapore.
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