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Dr. Seydou Doumbia Deputy Scientific Director of the Malaria Research and Training Center; Professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bamako, Mali

Seydou Doumbia, M.D., Ph.D., is deputy scientific director of the Malaria Research and Training Center, and professor of epidemiology at the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bamako, Mali. Dr. Doumbia's research involves the epidemiology of infectious diseases focused on malaria and leishmaniasis. He is epidemiology project leader of the Tulane-West and Central Africa International Center of Excellence in Malaria Research (ICEMR), a consortium funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), using population-based approaches to malaria research and control. The project studies the changes in malaria epidemiology; genomic aspects and mechanism of resistance/susceptibility to disease; drug and insecticide resistance in the context of malaria control; and elimination in different populations of Mali, Senegal and the Gambia.

Dr. Doumbia is also funded by the World Health Organization's Tropical Disease Research program (WHO/TDR) to provide evidence basis for integrated malaria control strategies in Niger, Cameroun and Kenya, in collaboration with the disease control programs and research institutions of these countries. In collaboration with the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research of NIAID, Dr. Doumbia is co-leader of a leishmaniasis research program aimed at understanding the mechanism of resistance/susceptibility to leishmania parasite in the population living in endemic areas of Mali to guide vaccine development based on sand fly salivary gland proteins. He has coordinated the African Center for Training in Functional Genomics of Insect Vectors of Human Disease funded by WHO and supported by NIH from 2004-2008.