Malaria In-Vitro Lab
Established in 1994, the SMRU malaria laboratory initially focused on malaria screening and diagnoses. Since then the laboratory and its activities have developed with the evolution of growth of SMRU, and is now a research hub for malaria scientists from different parts of the world. To facilitate the malaria research at SMRU the laboratory receives stores and analyses clinical samples and data, using traditional methods of detection, quantification and characterisation (microscopy) as well as novel methods including ELISA and flow cytometry. The malaria laboratory has been and is involved in numerous studies, from initiating the usage of low cost white blood cell filtering from blood samples, drug sensitivity testing, invasion studies of P. vivax, to rosetting phenomenon of malaria parasites. The laboratory also supports other activities on the unit by performing biochemistry and VDRL tests.
The Malaria laboratory is staffed by one laboratory manager, three laboratory technicians, one data manager and three lab assistants.
- P. falciparum gametocyte studies
- P. faciparum and P. vivax drug susceptibility studies
- Malaria screening, samples processing and storage
- External collaborations with other Institutes on malaria research