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Grants and Fellowships

ISID offers professional development opportunities and funding for original scientific research.

 The application deadline for the following programs is April 1.

Questions and requests for additional information about any of these grants should be directed to:

Past grant recipients


  • Past ISID Research Grants (2014 - present)

    2018 Awardees

    Clement Adu-Gyamfi, South Africa
    Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, SA and 37 Military Hospital, Accra Ghana
    Indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO) activity as a Tuberculosis biomarker in HIV infected patients in South Africa; the effect of pregnancy

    Wa Ode Dwi Daningrat, Indonesia 
    Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology
    Antimicrobial resistance profile of Streptococcus pneumoniae in children under 5 years of age in Wakatobi, Indonesia

    Begashaw Melaku Gebresillassi, Ethiopia
    University of Gondar
    Implementing veterinary based antimicrobial stewardship program in six districts of north Gondar, Ethiopia: Implication to reduce the development of antimicrobial resistance by promoting prudent antimicrobial use in animal health sector

    Myo Maung Maung SweMyanmar
    Myanmar Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Oxford University
    Antibiotics use and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) public awareness survey in Myanmar

    Junior Mudji, Dem. Republic of Congo
    Protestant University in Congo
    Gestational malaria prevalence and the potential impact of successful malaria control by insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) and intermittent preventive therapy in pregnancy with sulfadoxine pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) in the Vanga Health Zone, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Emmanuel NgbedeNigeria
    Department of Veterinary Pathology & Microbiology, University of Agriculture, Makurdi
    Detection and genomic analysis of plasmid mediated colistin resistance (mcr-) from humans, poultry and pigs in Nigeria, sub Saharan Africa

    Tharaka Ranathunge & Mr. N.W.B.A.L. Udayanga, Sri Lanka
    Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
    Identification and mapping of medically Important vector mosquitoes in Kegalla and Kurunegala Districts of Sri Lanka

    Peris Wambugu, Kenya2018 Norman Stein grantee for the highest ranked proposal 
    Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
    Investigating possible associations between MRSA carriage to water, sanitation and hygiene in people and their farm animals from Kiambu area in Kenya

    2017 Awardees

    In 2017, the Center for Diseases Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), an organization with expertise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR), partnered with ISID to provide senior mentors for AMR-topic awardees.

    Patricio Acosta, Argentina, 2017 Norman Stein awardee for the highest ranked proposal
    The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)
    A role for interferon in vulnerable children with influenza

    Daniel Asfaw Erku, Ethiopia
    University of Gondar
    Implementing community pharmacy-based antimicrobial stewardship program in Gondar town, Ethiopia: implication to promote rational use of antibiotics in the community
    CDDEP Mentor: Dr. Estelle Mbadiwe

    Tehmine Harityunyan, Armenia
    Department of Zoology, Yerevan State University
    The first molecular epidemiological survey to study Lyme disease pathogens in ticks of Armenia

    Emmanuel Irek, Nigeria
    Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
    Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae surveillance in Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
    CDDEP Mentor: Dr. Olga Perovic

    Sulaiman Lakoh, Sierra Leone
    Ministry of Health and Sanition, Government of Sierra Leone
    Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antibiotic prescription and use in hospitalized patients at Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone
    CDDEP Mentor: Dr. Eili Klein

    Shruti Murthy, India
    Manipal University
    Economic burden of neonatal systemic infections in South Karnataka, India

    Temitope Oyewole Obadare, Nigeria
    Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
    Characterisation of neonatal sepsis in a tertiary hospital, South-West, Nigeria
    CDDEP Mentor: Dr. Abhilasha Karki

    Sofiya Yalysheva, Kazakhstan
    Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
    Genotyping Cystic Echinococcosis in Kazakhstan to investigate a possible genotype – organ correlation and generate new epidemiological data

    2016 Awardees

    Jaime Amorim, Brazil
    Universidade Federal do Oeste da Bahia
    Purification of Zika virus non-structural proteins aiming viral pathogenesis studies

    Michael Frimpong, Ghana
    Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine
    Rapid detection of Mycobacterium ulcerans by recombinase polymerase amplification

    Theam Soon Lim, Malaysia
    Universiti Sains Malaysia, Instittute for Research in Molecular Medicine
    Novel monoclonal human antibodies for Zika Virus Nonstructural proteins

    Rubens Monto Neto, Brazil
    Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, René Rachou Research Centre, Laboratory of Molecular and Celular Biology
    GoldLeish: novel phosphine-derived gold(I) complexes against antimony-resistant and -sensitive Leishmania parasites as drug candidates for leishmaniasis treatment

    Hugo Perazzo, Brazil
    Fundação Oswaldo Cruz / Instituto Nacional de Infectologia Evandro Chagas, LAPCLIN-AIDS
    Validation of an algorithm using non-invasive methods for diagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in monoinfected HIV patients under combined antiretroviral therapy (c-ART) [HIV LiverTox Registry]

    Cathy Samo, Kenya
    University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences School of Medicine – Anatomic Pathology Unit
    Thymic morphological and functional characteristics among cases of fatal paediatric severe acute respiratory infections, a retrospective crossectional study

    Kuldeep Sharma, India
    National Institute for Research in Tribal Health, Jabalpur
    To design and develop high sensitivity detection of MTB-Antigens using Immuno-LAMP to detect
    Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens directly from specimens/sputum

    Sean Wasserman, South Africa
    University of Cape Town, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Dept. of Medicine
    Colonisation with multidrug-resistant bacteria and C difficile in long-term care facilities in Cape Town, South Africa

    Evelyn Wesangula, Kenya
    Ministry of Health Kenya, Patient and Health Workers Safety Unit
    Clean your hands, save a life

    Francis Zeukeng, Benin
    The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), AgroEcoHealth Platform, Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory
    Proof of concept study: Are mosquitoes capable of picking up from their breeding environment and hosting the Mycobacterium ulcerans (Buruli ulcer etiological agent) in their bodies throughout their developmental stages?
    Final Report: Zeukeng

    2015 Awardees

    Natalia de Miguel, Argentina
    Instituto Tecnologico Chascomus (IIB-INTECH)
    Epigenetic mechanisms in Trichomonas vaginalis: implications for gene expression, pathogenesis and drug discovery
    Final Report: deMIGUEL

    Jerome Dinga, Cameroon
    Biotechnology Unit, Faculty of Science, University of Buea
    Growth inhibition assay and proof-of-concept assessment of a chimeric UB05-09 antigen and a homologue in T. parva; TpUB05 in clinical malaria caused by P. falciparum

    Yvonne Djieugoue, Cameroon
    Service de Mycobactériologie, Centre Pasteur du Cameroun
    An evaluation of the expression of catalase-peroxidase, an isoniazid-drug activating enzyme, and drug efflux pumps in clinical drug resistant and susceptible M. tuberculosis isolates

    Balwant Godara, India
    International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India
    Information and communications technologies to alleviate bottlenecks in diagnostics of infectious diseases

    Vivek Gupta, India
    Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College
    Assessment of clinically suspected and unsuspected tubercular lymphadenopathy by PCR compared to non molecular methods in lymph node aspirates
    Final Report: GUPTA

    Augusta Kolekang, Ghana
    College of Health
    Capacity of health facilities to implement universal malaria diagnosis and treatment guideline in Ghana

    David Nderu, Kenya
    Kenyatta University
    Analysis of Plasmodium falciparum Histidine Rich Protein-2 (pfhrp2) gene diversity in Kenya and its efect on malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs)

    Jandeli Niemand, South Africa
    Malaria Parasite Molecular Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, University of Pretoria
    Functional genomics analyses of the differential susceptibility of early and late P. falciparum gametocytes to antimalarial compounds in order to aid drug discovery efforts
    Final Report: NIEMAND

    Cindy Shuan Ju Teh, Malaysia
    Department of medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
    Longitudinal study of the impact of changing trends in genotypes and phenotypes of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infection in a Tertiary Teaching hospital in Malaysia
    Final Report: SHUAN.JU.TEH

    Elizabeth Villasis, Peru
    Laboratorio de Malaria, Laboratorio de Investigacion para el Desarrollo (LID), Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
    Functional assessment of monoclonal antibodies for their ability to block in vitro the invasion of Peruvian P. falciparum parasite isolates into erythrocytes
    Final Report: VILLASIS

    2014 Awardees

    Yaw Afrane, Kenya
    Kenya Medical Research Institute, Climate and Human Health Research Unit, Centre for Global Health Research
    Impact of delayed malaria parasite clearance on malaria transmission in western Kenya

    Amin Aqel, Jordan
    Mu’tah University, Faculty of Medicine
    Infections caused by Gram negative bacteria in the unfortunate Syrian refugees in Jordan, epidemiological and molecular study
    Final Report: AQEL

    Pascaline Fonteh, South Africa
    University of Pretoria, Dept. of Biochemistry, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science
    Improving the in vitro pharmacokinetic profile of malaria, TB and HIV drugs using nanotechnology
    Final Report: FONTEH

    Tinashe Gede, Zimbabwe
    University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine,
    Evaluation of the feasibility and diagnostic accuracy of a point-of-care urinary lateral flow assay (Alere Determine LF-LAM) for diagnosis of tuberculosis among hospitalized, HIV-infected patients in Harare, Zimbabwe

    Silvina Goenaga, Argentina
    Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Virales Humanas “Dr. Julio I. Maiztegui”, Research Department,
    Potential for co-infection of novel mosquito-specific flaviviruses to block human flaviviral disease agent infection and/or transmission in mosquitoes. In collaboration with the CDC, Ft. Collins, CO, USA
    Final Report: GOENAGA

    François Kiemde, Burkina Faso
    Clinical Research Unite of Nanoro
    Determination in vitro of Natural Killer cells cytotoxicity directed against erythrocytes infected by Plasmodium falciparum during pregnancy

    Richard Kwizera, Uganda
    Makerere University, College of Health Sciences, Infectious Diseases Institute, Department of Research
    Estimation of prevalence of Aspergillus hypersensitivity in HIV patients post PTB treatment attending the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) clinic in Kampala, Uganda
    Final Report: KWIZERA

    John Libwea, Cameroon
    Expanded Programme on Immunization, Central Technical Group, Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation
    Assessing the burden of otitis media (OM) in children 2 to 3 years of age and estimate the effect of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-13) inclusion on OM in the Expanded Programme on Immunisations (EPI) in Cameroon
    Final Report: LIBWEA

    Laura Perez-Vidakovics, Argentina
    Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto de Biotecnología y Biología Molecular, IBBM, CCT-CONICET-La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas
    Role of autophagy in replication of Junin virus (JUNV)

    Huldah C. Sang, Kenya
    Kenya Medical Research Institute, Neglected Tropical Diseases Unit, Centre for Global Health Research
    Identification and management of genital schistosomiasis and association with HIV amongst women of reproductive age in Rarieda district, western Kenya

    Clovis Seumen, Cameroon
    The Biotechnology Center/University of Yaoundé I, Molecular Parasitology and Disease Vectors Research Laboratory
    Evaluation of the effect of Ascaris lumbricoides proteins on host immune response to MSP3 (malaria vaccine candidate) in BALB/c mice
    Final Report: SEUMEN

  • Past ISID Research Grants (1995-2013)

    2013 Awardees

    Gbemisola Boyede, South Africa
    Infectious Disease Clinic, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
    Validation of a new developmental screening tool for neurodevelopmental delays among HIV-infected South African children
    Final Report: BOYEDE

    Yagahira Castro Sesquen, Peru
    Laboratorio de Investigación en Enfermedades Infecciosas, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
    Novel nanotechnology for urine antigen detection in congenital Chagas disease

    Admasu Mamuye, Ethiopia
    Dept of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University
    Utilizing point-of-care test for cryptococcal screening among HIV-infected persons in Ethiopia

    João Marques, Brazil
    Department of Biochemistry and Immunology, Institute for Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
    RNA Interference: a tool for identifying and controlling dengue virus and other arboviruses in insect vectors
    Final Report: MARQUES

    Erick Muok, Kenya
    Schistosomiasis Research Unit, Center for Global Health Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute
    Evaluation of schistosomiasis treatment efficacy and re-infection patterns in children co-infected with Schistosoma haematobium and S. mansoni in western Kenya

    Fall 2012 Awardees

    Soledad Negrotto, Argentina
    Laboratorio Trombosis Experimental, Instituto de Medicina Experimental (IMEX), CONICET-Academia Nacional de Medicina
    Understanding platelet-RNA virus interaction
    Final Report: NEGROTTO

    Samwel Odiwuor, Kenya
    Medical Laboratory Sciences Mount Kenya University
    Determination of Leishmania tropica diversity and distribution within sand flies in an endemic focus of cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Kenya

    Philip Owiti, Kenya
    USAID-AMPATH partnership
    Integrating HIV services for tuberculosis patients in Western Kenya: how well are we doing?
    Final Report: OWITI

    César Rodriguez, Costa Rica
    Research Center for Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Microbiology, University of Costa Rica
    Revealing novels aspects of cell wall synthesis and ß-lactam sensitivity in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium: studies on the interactome of the periplasmic protease Tsp and the outer membrane lipoprotein NlpI
    Final Report: RODRIGUEZ

    Techalew Shimelis, Ethiopia
    Hawassa University, College of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Performance evaluation of three rapid diagnostic tests for detection of Cryptosporidium antigen in stool specimen from patients with HIV/AIDS
    Final Report: SHIMELIS

    Mohammad Sohail, India
    University Department of Zoology, Vinoba Bhave University, Jharkhand
    Investigation on the role of nitric oxide production and singe nucleotide diversity during malaria anemia for protective and diagnostic potential among malaria endemic population of Jharkhand
    Final Report: SOHAIL

    Spring 2012 Small Grant Awardees

    Phuc Hong Le, Vietnam
    National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology
    An economic evaluation of the introductIon of Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine In Vietnam, Including its impact on high-risk HlV-infected children
    Final Report: LE

    Peter Maturi Mwamba, Kenya
    University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences
    Study of AF1q/CD44 expression status across the spectrum of Burkitt’s lymphoma (endemic v. sporadic v. epidemic)

    Emmanuel Odjadjare, Nigeria
    Western Delta University, Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology
    Molecular epidemiology of Vibrio species isolated from environmental, food and clinical samples in a fast growing semi-urban town in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria
    Final Report: ODJADJARE

    Tseren-Ochir Erdene-Ochir, Mongolia
    State Central Veterinary Laboratory
    Studies on characteristics and distribution of avian influenza viruses in wild birds of Mongolia and genetic comparison avian influenza viruses isolated from North East Asia includes Mongolia and Korea
    Final Report: ERDENE-OCHIR

    Nikita Sahadeo, Trinidad
    University of the West Indies
    A high-throughput next-generation molecular study of viruses associated with suspected dengue cases in Trinidad and Tobago

    Fall 2011 Small Grant Awardees

    Alisone Githendu, Kenya
    University of Nairobi, School of Medicine, Department of Human Pathology
    Effects of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate on plasma and cervical lavage HIV viral load
    Final Report: GITHENDU

    Carlos Machain Williams, Mexico
    Autonomous University of Yucatan, Arbovirology Laboratory, Regional Research Center (Hideyo Noguchi).
    Importance of rodents as reservoir hosts of arthropod-borne viruses in Merida City, Mexico
    Final Report: MACHAIN-WILLIAMS

    Beth Mutai, Kenya
    Kenya Medical Research Institute, Basic Science Laboratory
    Burden of tick borne pathogens in patients with acute febrile illness in Kenya
    Final Report: MUTAI

    Guomkuo Mafopa Nadége, Cameroon
    “Chantal Biya” International Reference Centre for Research and Management of HIV/AIDS
    Quantification and importance of broad neutralizing antibodies in vertical transmission of HIV in Cameroon
    Final Report: NADEGE

    Braulio M. Valencia, Peru
    Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Alexander von Humboldt, “Grupo de Investigacion de Leishmaniasis
    Leishmania RNA virus as a possible determinant of pathogenicity in American Tegmentary Leishmaniasis: detection and quantification of viral load clinic samples
    Final Report: VALENCIA

    Spring 2011 Small Grant Awardees

    Dodi Safari, Indonesia
    Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology
    Identification of Streptococcus pneumonaie serotypes and detection of specific anti-polysaccharides antibodies in Indonesian population
    Final Report: SAFARI

    Vu Tra My Phan, Vietnam
    Enteric Infections Group, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit
    The prevalence and phylodynamics of norovirus, an agent of diarrhea, in symptomatic and asymptomatic children in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Final Report: MY PHAN

    Tsira Chakhaia, Georgia
    Epi-surveillance and Strategic Planning Department, National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases
    Contact investigation for Tuberculosis in Georgia, Tblisi (Pilot Project)
    Final Report: CHAKHAIA

    Béatrice Dambaya, Cameroon
    Chantal Biya International Reference Center (CBIRC)
    Trim 5 a gene polymorphysm in Cameroonian infants: restriction to HIV infection, implication in disease progresson or protection
    Final Report: DAMBAYA

    Joanne Hassan, Kenya
    Relationship between vaccine vial monitors and potency status of oral Polio virus vaccine among retrieved field samples in Kenya
    Final Report: HASSAN

    Miriam Rolan, Paraguay
    Centro papa el Desarrollo de la Investigación Cientifica (CEDIC)
    In vitro assays of 2,5-dihidroxibencil derivatives on Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania donovani
    Final Report: ROLON

    Fall 2010 Small Grant Awardees

    Milner Mukumbwali, Zambia
    Tstsee and Trypanosomosis Control Section, Department of Veterinary and Tsetse Control Service
    Impact of aerial spraying against Glossina morsitans centralis on animal trypanosomosis in Sesheke and Shangombo Districts of Western Zambia

    Neelika Malavige, Sri Lanka
    University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences
    Identifying biomarkers for predicting severe disease in dengue infections

    K.E. Vandana, India
    Katsturba Medical College, Department of Microbiology, Manipal
    Detection and characterizations of metallo beta lactamase resistance among Gram negative bacilli and clinical epidemiology of infections in Indian tertiary care hospital

    An Duy Duong, Vietnam
    Hospital for Tripical Diseases, Tuberculosis Research Group
    Mechanisms of cross-resistance to Fluoroquinolones in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

    Stephen Kusi, Ghana
    Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR), Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, KNUST
    Detecting and quantifying Plasmodium falciparum in blood and tonsils: Towards an understanding of malaria-related oncogenesis
    Final Report: KUSI

    Spring 2010 Small Grant Awardees

    Tavan Janvilisri, Thailand
    Mahidol University, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
    Characterization of sporulation and spore germination of Clostridium difficile isolated from different host origins

    Ephram Mekonnen, Ethiopia
    Addis Ababa University, Department of Biology/Applied Genetics Stream
    Modeling the impact of HIV/TB co-infection and environmental exposures on MTB infection outcomes: latent or active Tuberculosis

    Marshall Munjoma, Zimbabwe
    University of Zimbabwe, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    The impact of antiretroviral therapy on the genital shedding of herpes simplex virus type -2

    César Ugarte-Gil, Peru
    Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Laboratorios de Investigación Desarrollo
    Detection and susceptibility testing for Tuberculosis in lymph node tissue using the MODS method

    Sujit Pujhari, India
    Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Department of Virology
    Significance of pattern recognition molecules (Toll like Receptors) in the Neuropathogenesis of Japanese encephalitis

    Patricio Retamal, Chile
    University of Chile, Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
    Molecular epidemioloy of Salmonella enterica SV. Enteritidis strains isolated from wild birds, domestic animals and humans from Chile

    Fall 2009 Small Grant Awardees

    Marlinang D. Siburian, Indonesia
    Mochtar Riady Institute for Nanotechnology
    Molecular epidemiology of Hepatitis B virus in Minangkabaus sub-ethnic of West Sumatera, Indonesia
    Final Report: SIBURIAN

    Iskra Tuero, Peru
    Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Inst. de Medicina Tropical Alesander von Humboldt, Laboratory of Immunology
    TCR gd+ T cells: perforins/granulysins production with Leptospira

    Marsia Gustiananda, Indonesia
    Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology
    Prediction of T-cell epitopes of influenza A and the analysis of T-cell responses targeted to the proteome of influenza A virus in Indonesian population

    Anthony Kebira, Kenya
    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, Medical Microbiology
    Evaluation of HIV evolution and its role in development of antiretroviral drug resistance, within a cohort
    Final Report: KEBIRA

    André Talvani, Brazil
    Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Instituto de Ciências Exatas e Biológicas (ICEB II), Departamento de Ciências Biológicas
    Inflammatory angiogenesis in the cardiac remodeling during experimental Chagas disease

    Robert Paulino, Dominican Republic
    Instituto Dominicano de Estudios Virologicos (IDEV)
    Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) detection in men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Dominican Republic
    Final Report: PAULINO

    Spring 2009 Small Grant Awardees

    Godwin Kwakye-Nuako, Ghana
    University of Ghana Medical School, Department of Microbiology
    Toxoplasmosis in Ghana: Seroprevalence study in the coastal population
    Final Report: KWAKYE-NUAKO

    Nicholas Kiulia, Kenya
    University of Pretoria, Institute of Primate Research,Dept. of Medical Virology, Enteric Viruses Research Group
    Hospital-based surveillance to estimate the burden of rotavirus gastroenteritis in children under five years of age in a rural setting (Meru hospital) in eastern part of Kenya
    Final Report: KIULIA

    Katherine Torres, Peru
    Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Instituto de MedicinaTropical ‘Alexander von Humboldt,’ Molecular Epidemiology Unit
    Role of regulatory T-cells and their association with the clinical outcome of malaria infection (symptomatic and non-symptomatic individuals) in Peruvian Amazon
    Final Report: TORRES

    George M. Varghese, India
    Christian Medical College, Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases
    Genotyping of Orientia tsutsugamushi from patients with scrub typhus
    Final Report: VARGHESE

    Pauline Byakika, Uganda
    Makerere University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medicine
    Pharmacokinetics and safety of artemether/lumefanitrinewhen administered concomitantly with Lopinavir/Ritonavir in HIV positive Ugandan patients with uncomplicated malaria

    Fall 2008 Small Grant Awardees

    Charmaine Mlambo, South Africa
    University of the Witwatersrand, Clinical Microbiologyand Infectious Diseases
    Molecular and epidemiological characterization of multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates in Johannesburg, South Africa
    Final Report: MLAMBO

    Saradiya Chatterjee, India
    Prof. Benjamin M. Pulimood Laboratories for Infection, Immunity and Inflamation
    Clinico-epidemiologic and molecular characterization of metallo beta lactamases (MBLs) producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa causing nosocomial infections
    Final Report: CHATTERJEE

    Jobiba Chinkhumba, Malawi
    Malaria Alert Centre, Department of Community Medicine,College of Medicine
    Impact of HIV infection on the performance of malaria rapid diagnostic tests

    Daniel Ojurongbe, Nigeria
    Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology,College of Health Sciences,
    Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
    Plasmodium falciparum antifolate resistant alleles and associated opportunistic infection among HIV individuals on Cotrimoxazole prophylaxisin Osogbo, Nigeria
    Final Report: OJURONGBE

    Pamela Valva, Argentina
    Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Pathology Division,Ricardo Guitierrez Children’s Hospital
    Serum markers of liver injury in chronic hepatitis Cvirus infection
    Final Report: VALVA

    Spring 2008 Small Grant Awardees

    Ifedayo Adetifa, The Gambia
    Bacterial Diseases Programme, Medical Research Council(UK) Laboratories
    A pilot study of nasopharyngeal carriage of Streptococcus pneumoniae in Nigerian children
    Final Report: ADETIFA

    Jackson Onyuka, Kenya
    Biomedical Science and Technology, School of Public Health and Community Development
    Evaluation of different methods for controlling fish-borne pathogenic microbes

    Cristina Guerra-Giraldez, Peru
    Dept. of Microbiology
    School of Science, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
    Adequate cultures of clinical isolates of Trichomonas vaginalis for molecular studies of virulence
    Final Report: GUERRA-GIRALDEZ

    Fall 2007 Small Grant Awardees

    Diana Waturangi, Indonesia
    Faculty of Biotechnology, Atma Jaya Catholic University
    Detection of virulence genes and class 1 integron associated gene cassettes in Vibrio cholerae isolated from ice of street foods in Jakarta, Indonesia
    Final Report: WATURANGI

    Wanda Markotter, South Africa
    Dept. of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences,
    University of Pretoria
    Diagnostics and molecular epidemiology of wildlife rabies in remote areas of the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa
    Final Report: MARKOTTER

    Fanny Ita, Peru
    Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Instituto de MedicinaTropical “Alexander von Humboldt”
    HTLV-1-associated myelpathy/tropical spastic paraparesis in the Peruvian Andes
    Final Report: ITA

    Spring 2007 Small Grant Awardees

    Florence Ogo, South Africa
    Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Rabies Unit
    Genetic charactersation of dog rabies virus isolates from Nigeria
    Final Report: OGO

    Shan Lv, China
    Dept. of Vector Control, National Institute of Parasitic Diseases,Chinese Center for Diseases Control & Prevention
    Intraspecific genetic differentiation of Angiostrongyluscantonensis based on the complete mitochondrial genome
    Final Report: LV

    Angela Carvalho Freitas, Brazil
    Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health,University of Sao Paulo
    Modeling the impact of introducing the pertussis’ vaccine booster for adolescents and adults in Sao Paulo City, Brazil
    Final Report: CARVALHO-FREITAS

    Fall 2006 Small Grant Awardees

    Ragupathy Viswanath, India
    Department of Experimental Medicine, Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, India
    Project: Divergent HIV strains circulating among the Intravenous Drug Users (IDU) in South India

    Leonardo Nimrichter, Brazil
    Laboratório de Estudos Integrados em Bioquímica Microbiana Instituto de Microbiologia – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Project: Plant defenses against fungal pathogens

    Adedayo Adeyemi, Nigeria
    Healthmatch International, Nigeria
    Project: Antiretroviral therapy use, clinical and virologic outcomes for a cohort of HIV–infected Adults in Mainland General Hospital, Lagos Nigeria
    Final Report: ADEYEMI

    Spring 2006 Small Grant Awardees

    Zeinab Hassan, Jordan
    The Hashemite University, Jordan
    Project: Reporting rate of occupational injuries and exposure to blood borne infections among Jordanian healthcare workers: A descriptive study

    Khaled Mustafa Swaileh, Palestine
    Biology & Biochemistry Dept. Bireit University, Palestinian Territories
    Project: Microbial health risks associated with consumption of untreated water from household roof catchment systems

    Ines Badano, Argentina
    Laboraorio de Biiologia Molecular Aplicada Facultad de siencias exactas Quimicas Y Naturales, Universidad nacional de Misiones, Argentina
    Project: TNF-alpha promoter Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) cervical infection in Guarani Indian women inhabiting the rainforest of Misiones, Argentina
    Final Report: BADANO

    Fall 2005 Small Grant Awardees

    Paul Bessong, South Africa
    Department of Microbioloy, University of Venda, South Africa
    Project: Drug resistance in HIV-1 Subtype C

    Luis Brieba de Castro, Mexico
    Department of Biochemistry, CINVESTAV, Mexico
    Project: Structural studies of the EhCP112 cysteine Proteease from Entamoeba histolytica

    Azure Tariro Makadzange, Zimbabwe
    University of Zimbabwe School of Health Sciences, Zimbabwe
    Project: The appropriate management of cryptococcal meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa: A study of immediate vs. deferred anti-retroviral therapy in the treatment of cryptococcal meningitis with long term follow up to determine when it is safe to discontinue secondary prophylaxis against cryptococcal meningitis

    Spring 2005 Small Grant Awardees

    Svetlana Ermolaeva, Russia
    Gameleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Russia
    Project: Releasing of membrane-anchored proteins and its role in Listeria monotogenes virulence

    Maria Ines Gismondi, Argentina
    Laboratory of Virology, Ricardo Gutierrez Children’s Hospital, Argentina
    Project: Apoptosis markers related to pathogenesis of hepatitis C virus infection in pediatric patients

    Vivian Kawai, Peru
    Viomedical Research Unit, Asociacion Benefica PRISMA, Peru
    Project:Community-based epidemiologic study of Chagas’ disease in Arequipa, Peru

    Fall 2004 Small Grant Awardees

    Gabriella Gago, Argentina
    Instituto de Biologia Celular y Molecular de Rosario, Departmento de Microbiologia, Argentina
    Project: Molecular, genetic and biochemical characterization of Acyl-CoA carboxylase complexes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis: finding new drug targets for treating mycobacterial diseases

    Hasan Bin Hamza, Pakistan
    Department of Family Medicine, Aga Khan University, Pakistan
    Project: Hepatitis survey in adults of Jam Kandah, Landhi District, Karachi, Pakistan

    Maria Papathanasopoulos, South Africa
    Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology, University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, South Africa
    Project: Nonprogressive HIV-1 subtype C infection – viral determinants

    Spring 2004 Small Grant Awardees

    Samie Amidou, South Africa
    Department of Microbiology, University of Venda for Science and Technology
    Project:Molecular epidemiology of Entamoeba histolytica in the Venda region of South Africa, and anti-amebic activities of local medicinal plants
    Final Report: AMIDOU

    Aleem Khan, India
    The Meccan Medical College and Allied Hospitals
    Project: Molecular genotyping of Helicobacter pylori strains associated with gastric and duodenal ulcers using whole genome fingerprinting: Andhra Pradesh, South India

    Cesar Henriquez Camacho, Peru
    Instituto Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt, Universidad Peruana
    Project:Immune response in BALB/c mice to Bartonella bacilliformis infection

    Fall 2003 Small Grant Awardees

    Alemka Markotic, Croatia
    Institute of Immunology, Zagreg, Croatia
    Project: Mechanisms of apoptosis in 293HEK cells infected with hantaviruses
    Final Report: MARKOTIC

    Laura Liliana Rodero, Argentina
    Departamento Micologia, Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Project: Amino Acid Substitutions of 14 alfa demethylase (ERG11) in Fluconazole Resistant Cryptococcus neoformans clinical isolates
    Final Report: RODERO

    Mayengbam Pramotchand Singh, India
    Green Foundation, Imphal, India
    Project: Situation and response assessment among sex workers in Manipur, 2003-04

    Spring 2003 Small Grant Awardees

    Hongjie Liu, China
    Dept. of Community and Family Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Project: A pilot study of HIV counseling to increase willingness to receive premarital HIV testing among marriage license applicants in a rural area of China
    Final Report: LIU

    Regina Sara Nunez, Peru
    Institute of Tropical Medicine, Lima, Peru
    Project: Recombinant Cysteine Proteinase B (rCPB) of Leishmania braziliensis as a vaccine candidate: immunoprotective evaluation in hamster as experimental model

    Preecha Leangaramgul and Sompong Sapsutthipas, Thailand
    Medical Biotechnology Center (MBC), Nonthaburi, Thailand
    Project: The neutralizing activity of the prime-boost regimen with rBCG-E12 and rDIs-E12 candidate vaccine
    Final Report: LEANGARAMGUL

    Andrew Karani Karugi, Kenya
    International Center for Reproductive Health Research Lab, Coast Provincial General Hospital, Mombasa, Kenya
    Project: Cytology in the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosisis

    Fall 2002 Small Grant Awardees

    Silvia Graciela Correa, Argentina
    Immunologia, Departamento de Bioquimica Clinica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas. Universidad Nacional de Cordoba
    Project: Study of the mechanisms of weight loss, anorexia and hepatic injury in Candida albicans infection under stress conditions
    Final Report: CORREA

    John G. Ayisi, Kenya
    Centre for Vector Biology & Control Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute
    Project: An evaluation of the effectiveness of intermittent preventative treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine for malaria in pregnancy in Kenya

    Alex K. Owusu-Ofori, Ghana
    Department of Child Health and Microbiology, School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
    Project: The epidemiology and prevention of blood borne pathogen exposure among health care workers in Ghana
    Final Report: OWUSU_OFORI

    Spring 2002 Small Grant Awardees

    Dao-Yu Chao, China
    Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
    Project: A family study for searching genetic changes of dengue virus serotype 3 in Taiwan

    Simon Kamau Kariuki, Kenya
    Kenya Medical Research Institute / Center for Vector Biology and Control Research (KEMRI/CVBCR), Kenya
    Project: Effects of permethrin-treated bednets on acquisition of antibodies Plasmodium falciparum variant surface antigens (VSAs) in pregnant women in an area of perennial malaria transmission in western Kenya

    Pablo Cesar Baldi, Argentina
    Instituto de Estudios de la Inmunidad Humoral, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Project: Characterization of virulence factors secreted by Brucella species: amino acid sequences, triggering stimuli, cellular effects and recognition by the immune system of the host

    Fall 2001 Small Grant Awardees

    Marina Chiappero, Argentina
    Faculty of Physical and Natural Sciences, National University of Cordoba, Argentina
    Project: Isolation of microsatellite loci for population genetic studies of the natural reservoir Junin virus, Calomys musculinus

    Nicolass Gey van Pittius, South Africa
    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
    Project: A molecular and epidemiological investigation into the factors contributing to the prevalence of re-infection and the paucity of dual infections in a community with a high incidence of tuberculosis

    Grace Gbotosho, Nigeria
    College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
    Project: Identification of candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in plasmodium falciparum isolates (R) showing false negative results using the Parasight – F dipstick
    Final Report: GBOTOSHO

    Spring 2001 Small Grant Awardees

    Niyaz Ahmed, India
    Center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, India
    Project: Automated sequencing, functional analysis and comparative genomics of selected AFLP markers from Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates in India

    Silvia Viviana Nates, Argentina
    Institute of Virology, University of Cordoba, Argentina
    Project: Picobirnavirus molecular biology: diagnosis and genomic characterization of strains circulating in Argentina

    Milena Panteva, India
    Virology Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India
    Project: Study of the immunogenicity of DNA vaccines encoding the Gepatitis E Virus major capsid protein

    Fall 2000 Small Grant Awardees

    Willy K. Tonui, Kenya
    Centre for Biotechnology Research and Development, Kenya Medical Research Institute
    Project: Evaluation of Leishmania donovani derived Lipophosphoglycan as a candidate vaccine against Viceral Leish, maniasis in Murine Models

    Thanh Hoa Le, Australia
    Molecular Parasitology Unit, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia
    Project: Molecular-based diagnosis and taxonomic studies on common parasitic disease caused by Paragonimus, Clonorchis/Opisthorchi, Fasciola and Schistoma in Vietnam using mitochondrial sequences as genetic markers

    Carmen Castillo, Colombia
    Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas, Colombia
    Project: Screening for malaria in blood donors from Cali, Colombia. A comparison of PCR and IgG and IgG Elisa

    Spring 2000 Small Grant Awardees

    Niyaz Ahmed, India
    Centre of DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnosis, India
    Project: High resolution digital fingerprinting and development of an epidemiological database of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

    Eunita Ohas, Kenya
    Center for Vctor Biology and Control Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute
    Project: Glycophorin phenotype distribution and prevalence of glycophorin A independent Plasmodium falciparum parasites in Kombewa, Western Kenya

    Ariel Quintana, Cuba
    Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Pedro Kouri” Cuba
    Project: Isolation, identification and characterization of the Cuban Hepatitis E virus strain

    Fall 1999 Small Grant Awardees

    Daniela Centron, Argentina
    Department of Microbiology, Parasitology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Project: Epidemiological Studies of Vibrio cholerae (1992-1999) isolates in Argentina

    Marjan Mohammadi, Iran
    Biotechnology Department, Pasteur Institute of Iran
    Project: Screening Iranian H. pylori isolates for cytotoxin (vacA) and its associated gene product (cagA)

    Spring 1999 Small Grant Awardees

    Blanca Ines Restropo, Colombia
    Corporación para Investigaciones Biológicas, Colombia
    Project: Development of an immunoassay for neurocysticercosis: Phase II – Characterization of diagnostic epitopes

    Oleg Alexeyev, Russia
    Department of Infectious Diseases, Clinics of Samara State Medical University, Russia
    Project: Hantavirus infection in men and rodents in the Samara region, European Russia

    Willy Tonui, Kenya
    Centre for Biotechnology Research and Development, Kenya Medical Research Institute
    Project: Evaluation of Leishmania donovani derived lipophosphoglycan as a candidate vaccine against visceral leishmaniasis in murine models

    Fall 1998 Small Grant Awardees

    Gladys Aleman, Kenya
    US Army Medical Research Unit, Kenya
    Project: Comparative study of the Kirby Bauer Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing vs. a Modified Stokes Method using the Mastring-S Multidisks

    Rebeka Angoni, Albania
    Institute of Public Health, Albania
    Project: Hepatitis C among chronic and polytransfused patients in Albania

    Sam Kariuki, Kenya
    Centre for Microbiology Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute
    Project: Prevalence of resistance to b-lactam antibiotics among clinical isolates of gram negative bacteria

    Blanca Ines Restrepo, Colombia
    Molecular Parasitology Laboratory, Corporación para Investigaciones Biológicas
    Project: Development of an immunoassay for neurocysticercosis: Phase I – Identification of diagnostic epitopes

    1995 Small Grant Awardees

    Charles W. Huskins, USA
    Division of Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital
    Project: Reduing Nosocomial Perinatal Infections in Demonstration Hospitals in Colombia Using Quality Improvement Methods.

    Anna Przondo-Mordarska, Poland
    Department of Microbiology, University of Medicine
    Project: Hospital Infection Control in Wroclaw

    Jorge Sanchez, Peru
    Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Alexander von Humboldt”, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
    Project: Training of fellows in epidemiology and laboratory technology related to HIV and other STDs to improve laboratory capability, intervention program in Lima, Peru

  • Past SSI/ISID Fellowships

    2018 Awardee

    José Damas, Venezuela
    Tropical Medicine Institute, Central University of Venezuela
    Dr. Damas will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Yasmine Abi Aad, Lebanon
    American University of Beirut Medical Center
    Dr. Abi Aad will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

    2016 Awardee

    Aaruni Saxena, India/Germany
    Department of General Medicine, Clinic Hilden, Düsseldorf
    Dr. Saxena will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Basel, Switzerland.

    2015 Awardee

    Elhadj Ibrahima Bah, Guinea
    Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Université de Conakry
    Dr. Bah will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

    2014 Awardee

    Mehtap Simsek, Turkey
    Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Dept., Haseki Training and Research Hospital
    Dr. Simsek will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Bern, Switzerland.

    2013 Awardee

    Gebreselassie Hiwot Mamo, Ethiopia
    Addis Ababa University Collage Of Health Science Department Of Internal Medicine
    Dr. Hiwot Mamo will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Bern, Switzerland.
    Final Report: MAMO

    2012 Awardees

    Botond Lakatos, Hungary
    Saint Laszio Hospital, Department of Infectious Diseases
    Dr. Lakatos will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Basel, Switzerland.
    Final Report: LAKATOS

    Dzmitry Viktaravich Piskun, Belarus
    Belarusian State Medical University
    Dr. Piskun will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

    2011 Awardees

    Natalia Rodriguez, Colombia
    Biological Sciences, Universidad de Los Andes
    Ms. Rodriguez will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Fall 2009/10 Awardee

    Andrea Moldovan, Romania
    University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tg. Mures, Clinic of Infectious Disease,
    Dr. Moldovan conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Fall 2008 Awardee

    Alain Kenfak, Cameroon
    General Hospital of Yaoundé
    Dr. Kenfak conducted his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Lausanne, Switzerland.
    Final Report: KENFAK

    Fall 2007 Awardees

    Juan Carlos Ambrosioni Czyrko, Argentina
    Infectious Diseases “Francisco J. Muñiz” Hospital, Infectious Diseases Department
    Dr. Czyrko conducted his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Marina Macedo-Viñas, Uruguay
    Universidad de la República, Facultad de Medicina, Départmentde Bactériologie et Virologie
    Dr. Macedo-Viñas conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Fall 2006 Awardees

    Zsuzsanna Barcsay, Romania
    “Victor Babes” Clinincal Hospital of Pneumophtysiology and Infectious Diseases
    University of Medicine & Pharmacy
    Ms. Barcsay conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Basel, Switzerland.

    Rafael Perdomo Diaz, Venezuela
    University Hospital of Caracas Venezuela, Intensive Care Unit
    Dr. Diaz conducted his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Fall 2005 Awardees

    Nobre Vandack, Brazil
    Internal Medicine Division, Medical School, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
    Dr. Vandack conducted his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland
    Final Report: NOBRE

    Nhung Tuyet Vo Thi, Vietnam
    Public health Department, Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City
    Dr. Thi conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Zurich, Switzerland.

    Fall 2004 Awardees

    Marina Djordjevic, Serbia & Montenegro
    Infectious Diseases Clinic, Clinical Care Center, University of Nis, Serbia & Montenegro
    Dr. Djordjevic conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland
    Final Report: DJORDJEVIC

    Alina Martynova, Russia
    Vladivostok Medical University, Russia
    Dr. Martynova conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Bern, Switzerland.
    Final Report: MARTYNOVA

    Fall 2002 Awardees

    Andres Pascual, Argentina
    Fundacion Centro de Estudios Infectologicos, Buenos Aries, Argentina
    Dr. Pascual conducted his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Lausanne, Switzerland.
    Final Report: PASCUAL

    Dongmi Li, China
    The Clinical Laboratory of Shantou Central Hospital, Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
    Dr. Li conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Chaiwat Ungsedhapand, Thailand
    HIV-NAT, Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
    Dr. Ungsdedhapand conducted his research with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Basel, Switzerland.

  • Past ISID/ESCMID Fellowship

    2018 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

    Housseini Dolo, Mali
    Faculty of Medicine & Ontonto Stomatology
    Using seroprevalence age profiles to identify changes in incidence and interruption of transmission of filarial infections in Mali. In collaboration with the Imperial College, London, UK.

    Kumitaa Theva Das, Malaysia
    Universiti Sains
    Point Mutagenesis Study on Human Cyclophilin A as a Targeted Therapy to Tackle HIV-1 Viral Resistance. In collaboration with the University of Oxford, UK.

    2017 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

    Joseph Michael Oduor, Kenya
    Institute of Primate Research, Nairobi
    Complete genome analysis of lytic phages and identification of hypothetical phage proteins targeting major protein complexes of Staphylococcus aureus. In collaboration with the University Helsinki, Finland.

    Deepjyoti Paul, India
    Dept. of Microbiology, Assam University, Silchar
    Analysis of the burden of antibiotic resistance in E. coli associated with gut carriage and bacteraemia’s in Northern India. In collaboration with the School of Medicine, Institute of Infection and Immunity, Cardiff University, UK.


    2016 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

    Janine Seetahal, Trinidad and Tobago
    The University of the West Indies
    The identification of new, emerging and endemic viruses in the bat population of Trinidad and
    Tobago. In collaboration with theInstitute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.
    Final Report: SEETAHAL

    Akhtar-Uz-Zaman, Bangladesh
    Rajshahi Medical College
    Molecular epidemiology and spread dynamics of Carbapenem and Cephalosporin resistant
    Enterobacteriaceae clones inside and outside of hospital settings
    Molecular epidemiology and dissemination ecology of antibiotic resistant Acinetobacter baumannii clones inside and outside of Bangladeshi hospital settings. In collaboration with the Uppsala University, Sweden.

    2014 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

    Juan Farizano, Argentina
    INSIBIO (Instituto Superior de Investigaciones Biológicas), Universidad Nacional de Tucumán
    Development and optimization of attenuated bacterial vaccines for the control of Salmonella infection: Effect of RcsCDB system in the fimbrial genes expression. In collaboration with the Departamento de Genética, Facultad de Biología, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain.
    Final Report: FARIZANO

    Refath Farzana, Bangladesh
    Dept. of Microbiology, Kumudini Women’s Medical College and Dept. of Microbiology, Dhaka Medical College
    Molecular epidemiology and dissemination ecology of antibiotic resistant Acinetobacter baumannii clones inside and outside of Bangladeshi hospital settings. In collaboration with the Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Final Report: FARZANA

    2013 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

    Syed Hani Abidi, Pakistan
    Dept of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Aga Khan University
    Epitope evolution of HIV in genetically distant populations. In collaboration with the Nuffield Dept of Medicine, John Radclife Hospital, Oxford, UK
    Final Report: ABIDI

    Rodrigue Mintsa, Gabon
    Dept of Parasitology-Mycology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Health Science
    Schistosomiasis in Estuaire province of Gabon: What is the situation? In collaboration with the Université de Pergignan, Perpignan, France.
    2012 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardee

    Isaac Clement, Nigeria
    Ambrose Alli University, Department of Zoology, Tropical Disease Research Unit
    Human African trypanosomiasis in Nigeria: identification of animal reservoir hosts and characterisation of the tsetse fly vector. In collaboration with the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.
    Final Report: CLEMENT

    2011 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

    Dr. Josephine Siregar, Indonesia
    Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology
    Phenotypic analysis of atovaquone resistant Plasmodium berghei mutants.
    In collaboration with scientists from Erasmus MC University in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
    Final Report: SIREGAR

    Dr. Fernanda Ludolf Ribeiro, Brazil
    Centro de Pesquuisa René Rachou FIOCRUZ/MG, Cellular and Molecular Parasitology
    Profiling the humoral immune response to Schistosoma mansoni using a new immunoproteomic approach protein microarray.
    In collaboration with scientists from the University of Nottingham, School of Pharmacy, Nottingham, UK.
    Final Report: LUDOLF

    2010 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardee

    Philip Anochie, Nigeria
    Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Microbiology Division
    Genotype analysis of mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates.
    In collaboration with scientists from the S. Raffaele Scientific Institute, Emerging Bacterial Pathogens Unit in Milan, Italy.
    Final Report: ANOCHIE

  • Past ISID Fellowships

    2013 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Maria de las Mecedes Pescaretti, Argentina
    CONICET, PROIMI-INSIBIO – Universidad Nacional de Tucumán
    Study of the secretion flagellar proteins in the rcsC11 mutant to serve as a model of vaccine against Salmonella typhimurium. In collaboration with the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA.
    Final Report: PESCARETTI

    Johnson Mosoko Moliki, South Africa
    Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town
    Skills development and technology transfer to investigate the molecular mechanisms of regulation of primary epithelial cell tight junctions of the female genital tract by contraceptives, hormones and HIV-1. In collaboration with McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
    Final Report: MOLIKI

    2012 ISID Fellowship Awardee

    Elyara Maria Soares, Brazil
    Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Ciéncias Farmaceuticas de Ribeirão, Dept. de Analises Clinicas, Toxicologicas e Bromatologicas
    Leukotriene signaling and immunoregulation in postpartum Streptococcus infection. In collaboration with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
    Final Report: SOARES

    2011 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Nicholas Kiulia, Kenya
    Institute of Primate Research, WHO Collaborating Center
    Molecular Characterization of Cryptosporidium isolates in captive olive baboon in Kenya. In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, USA.
    Final Report: KIULIA

    Kamlesh Gidwani, India
    Banaras Hindu University, Institute of Medical Services, Department of Medicine
    Immune response of humans to sand fly P. argentipes saliva: Western blot approach to identify novel salivary peptides with serum of asymptomatic infection in VL. In collaboration with the London School of Tropical Medicine, UK.
    Final Report: GIDWANI

    2010 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Erdenebileg Narnygerel, Mongolia
    FIRE – Flagstaff International Relief Effort
    Study on prevalence of blood borne infections among Mongolian health care workers. In collaboration with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, USA

    Micah Oyaro, Kenya
    Kenya Medical Research Institute(KEMRI)
    Molecular epidemiology and functional characterization of Hepatitis B and C viruses isolated from drug abusers in Kenya. In collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand, Department of Internal Medicine, South Africa.

    2009 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Rosa Ramírez Bartutis, Cuba
    Laboratorio deBiologíaMolecular, Departamento de Virología, Instituto MedicinaTropical “Pedro Kourí”
    Characterization of immune response elicited by dengue 2virus recombinant NS3 protein immunized with dengue 4 virus recombinant E protein in mice. Research will be done at the Laboratóriode Genómica Estrutural Instituto de Biofisica Carlos Chagas Filho, Centro de Ciéncias da Saúde, Brazil.
    Final Report: BARTUTIS

    Lilian Ogonda, Kenya
    Kenya Medical Research Institute(KEMRI)
    Expression of FeyRIIa, FeyIIa, FeyRIIIa and Fey RIIb on monocytes of children after treatment for severe malaria. Research will be done at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine,USA

    2008 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Ines Badano, Argentina
    University of Pennsylvania, USA
    Analysis of Ethnic Differences in the Distribution ofTNF-a SNPs and Human Papilloma virus (HPV) Infection
    Final Report: BADANO

    Elkin Lemos Luengas, Colombia
    University of Toronto, Canada
    The economic impact of introducing HIV/AIDS guidelineinto Colombian National Drug Formulary: Costs-effectiveness and budget-impact analysis
    Final Report: LEMOS

    2007 ISID Fellowship Awardee

    Radmilla Mirzayeva, Azerbaijan
    Rotavirus Vaccine Program, PATH- Europe
    Training to perform testing for Rotavirus infection using ELISA method and strain characterization using RT-PCR method in HPA, EVU Laboratory in London

    2006 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Mateja Jankovic, Croatia
    University Hospital for Infectious Diseases “Dr. Fran Mihaljevic”
    Mechanisms of apoptosis by pathogenic hantaviruses

    Luis Adrian, Argentina
    Laboratorio de Arbovirus, Instituto de Virologia – F.C.M.-UNC
    Investigation of avian amplifying hosts and mosquito vectors of a novel epidemic strain of St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV,Flaviviridae) isolated in Argentina

    2005 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Maria Eugenia Alvarez, Argentina
    Department of Immunology, Hematologic Research Institute, National Academy of Medicine, Argentina
    Project: Characterization of host response during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection by gene expression profiling
    Ms. Alvarez will conduct her research in collaboration with the TB Center of the Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey, USA.

    Varsha Atul Potdar, India
    Department of Retrovirology, National Institute of Virology, Pune, India
    Project: Application of sensitive methodologies for detection of transmitted HIV drug resistance
    Dr. Potdar will conduct his research in collaboration with the Centers for Infection, Heatlh Protection Agency, London, England.

    2004 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Ikechukwu Okoli, Nigeria
    Department of Applied Microbiology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
    Project: Molecular characterization of virulence factors of five isolates of Cryptotrichosporon anacardiense (CBS 9549, CBS 9550, CBS 9551, CBS 9552 and CBS 9553), a new basidiomyceteous yeast genus from Nigeria
    Dr. Okoli will conduct his research in collaboration with Yeshiva University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, USA.
    Final Report: OKOLI

    Fuad Mirzayev, Azerbaijan
    Project: Development of the strategy and elaboration of the detailed project for treatment of patients with Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the specific context of Azerbaijan
    Dr. Mirzayev will conduct his research in collaboration with Partners in Health in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
    Final Report: MIRZAYEV

    2003 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Sola Adesida, USA
    The Public Health Research Institute, Newark, New Jersey, USA
    Project: Molecular epidemiology of Nigerian strains of Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus

    2002 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Dhrubaa Ghosh, India
    Department of Microbiology, Virology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India
    Project: Production of antibodies to recombinant G proteins of Indian isolates of RSV for detection and characterization of viruses
    Dr. Ghosh will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists at the Department of Pediatrics/Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

    2001 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Marco Canales, Peru
    Project: Technology transfer for parasitic disease diagnostics
    This research was done at the McGill Centre for Tropical Diseases, Montreal, QC, Canada

    Mariana Gisela Bego, Argentina
    Project: Development of recombinant hantavirus antigens for serologic diagnosis with homologous serotype
    Ms. Bego did her research at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA.

    2000 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    David Kateete, Uganda
    Project: Investigation of T. Burcei prenylated protein methyltransferase (PPMTase) as a potential therapeutic target
    Dr. Kateete’s research was conducted at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.

    Salih Gosoglu, Turkey
    Project: Molecular epidemiology of invasive Salmonella typhi in Southeast Turkey
    Dr. Gosoglu conducted this research at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

    Sanaa Kamal, Egypt
    Project: Specific cellular responses and cytokine patterns in patients with acute Hepatitis C virus co-infected with Schistosomiasis: Correlation to outcome of infection
    Dr. Kamal worked at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    1999 ISID Fellowship Awardee

    Papa Gallo Sow, Senegal
    Project: HIV screening, testing clinic
    Dr. Sow’s research was done at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center, New Jersey, USA

    1998 ISID Fellowship Awardees

    Branca Bedenic, Croatia
    Project: Biochemical and genetic characterization of extended spectrum beta-lactamesis from Zagreb, Croatia
    Dr. Bedenic worked at The University Hospital Maastricht, The Netherlands
    Pauline Mwinzi, Kenya
    Project: Effect of Schistosomiasis and HIV co-infection on cellular and humoral responses to HIV and schistosomal crude and recombinant antigens
    This project was carried out at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Past awards

  • 2018 Institut Merieux - ISID Young Investigator Award

    Antibiotic resistance (ABR) is a major public health issue worldwide and innovative approaches to tackling resistant bacteria in humans, animals and the environment are urgently needed. For many years, the Institut Mérieux and its entities have been committed to the fight against antibiotic resistance and to the control of the spread of resistant infections. In order to provide an incentive for promising young investigators working in the field of ABR, Institut Mérieux allocates several awards worldwide to researchers or clinicians at the beginning of their carrier in recognition of a major achievement having significant impact on the handling of ABR.

    In 2018, Institut Mérieux and the International Society for Infectious Diseases awarded a joint Young Investigator Award of €10,000 Euros to an awardee during the 18th International Congress on Infectious Diseases/XVIII Congreso SADI which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 1 to 4, 2018. Recognizing that the rising threat of AMR requires a multisectoral “One Health” approach, applications from young investigators from the human, veterinary, and environmental fields will be considered.

  • ISID and Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change (IGL&C)

    ISID and Pfizer IGL&C collaborated in 2014 to offer a grant opportunity in the area of adult vaccination. ISID and Pfizer’s goal is to decrease health disparities by increasing access to or use of vaccinations by adults either individually or by population in low- and middle-income countries.

    Grant Awards

    Reaching the hard-to-reach mobile pastoralists with the most appropriate vaccination scheme in Central Africa

    • Esther Schelling (Principal Investigator) Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel
    • Mahamat Béchir Switzerland Ministry of Health and Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI), N’Djaména, Chad
    • Mbaihol Tamadji Chad Ministry of Health, Expanded Programme on Immunization, N’Djaména, Chad
    • Hamit Kessely Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI), N’Djaména, Chad
    • Ngandolo Bongo Naré Institut de Recherche en Élevage pour le Développement, N’Djaména, Chad


    The consortium – composed of members of four public health and veterinary institutes – has the overall goal of increasing vaccination coverage among mobile pastoralists in Central Africa. In Chad with its high proportion of pastoralists, research and implementation partners have gained experience in well reaching pastoralists with joint human and animal vaccination campaigns, but a sustained strategy still needs to be better described before translation to policy. We hypothesize that the introduction of an assessed adult vaccination scheme will further increase the demand of pastoralists for vaccination services and lead to more frequent utilization of a mix between mobile, outreach and established fixed vaccination infrastructure. Given that one fifth of pastoralists regularly cross the country borders, Chad will initiate an exchange with its neighboring countries on how to serve pastoralist communities and on the appropriate vaccination scheme including adult vaccination – among the ‘lost-outs’. Main beneficiaries are the pastoralists in remote zones as well as the vaccination services. This operational research will facilitate vaccination campaigns between the health and veterinary sectors in three zones and two years. The campaigns are assessed with qualitative and quantitative approaches regarding the knowledge and perceptions on adult vaccination; randomized surveys will indicate the achieved coverage of women (TT2+) and an in-depth follow-up of few families will further show whether the overall demand to vaccination could be increased when other adult vaccines are added to the schedule. We will disseminate our results to all stakeholders to further explore how vaccinations can be sustainably delivered to these hard-to-reach communities.

    Strategic Immunization Geo-temporal Mapping Application (SIGMA)

    • Bruce Y. Lee (Principal Investigator) International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Dagna Constenla (Co-PI) International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


    The overall goal is to develop the Strategic Immunization Geo-temporal Mapping Application (SIGMA), a computational modelling tool to help decision makers: (1) forecast temporal demand for current and future adult immunizations, in a given country, in different parts of the country, and for each immunization location. (2) Determine the number and characteristics of adults that are reachable by current immunization locations and strategies in any given country. (3) Plan the locations and operating characteristics of various immunization strategies (e.g., outreach, campaigns, and other strategies) that are needed to supplement the fixed immunization locations. (4) Estimate the costs and cost-effectiveness of different adult immunization strategies from estimated demand scenarios. (5) Develop guidelines for adult vaccination use, to anticipate demand and to secure appropriate funding. (6) Demonstrate how robust these answers and solutions are to varying conditions (e.g., costs, population migration, mortality, and compliance with immunization). The key objectives of this project are to develop an initial version of SIGMA and utilize SIGMA for a pilot country (Mozambique) to evaluate the immunization logistics for a currently implemented adult vaccine (tetanus) and a planned adult vaccine (HPV). To evaluate the utility of SIGMA at the end of the project period, our team will convene a focus group of potential SIGMA users to evaluate and provide feedback on.

    Using novel packaging and delivery technologies to improve access to adult vaccines in low-resource settings

    • Zehrung, Darin L (Senior Technical Officer, Principal Investigator and project manager) –
      The Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Technologies Group (VPTG) at PATH, Seattle
    • Swaminathan, Savitha – Commercialization Associate
    • McGray, Sarah – Program Officer
    • Saxon, Eugene Alan – Product Development Engineer
    • Jeffers, Emily – Project Administrator
    • James, Tessa – Program Assistant
    • Mayimele, Hlahla – Commercialization Officer, South Africa Office
    • Kumar, Sandeep – Program Officer, India Office
    • Odero, Christopher – Senior Program Officer, Kenya Office
    • Gueye, Abdoulaye – Technical Officer, Senegal Office
    • Dao, Sang Dinh – Program Officer, Vietnam Office
    • He, Yonggang – Program Officer, China Office


    The scope of adult immunizations in many developing countries currently centers on a handful of vaccine-preventable diseases, but these vaccines have had limited reach within their target populations. Under this work, we will conduct an assessment of adult immunization-delivery scenarios in both low- and middle- income countries, with a focus on maternal immunizations. We will examine market requirements, program priorities, and user needs. We will identify possible constraints that may limit coverage of existing and future adult vaccines and map selected constraints to innovative packaging and delivery technologies that may help to optimize adult, particularly maternal, vaccine coverage. We will work with a variety of individual experts, but do not anticipate pursuing institutional collaborations. Instead, we will leverage the strength of PATH’s network of country offices to conduct the needs assessment.

    Vaccination accessibility for child-bearing age women in low- and middle-income countries in Southeast Asia period 2015-2017

    • Prof. Assoc. Le Thi Huong (Project manager) – Director of the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam
    • Dr. Vanphanom Sychareun (Project manager) Dean of the Faculty of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Health Sciences, Laos PDR


    Overall, the project aims to increase the accessibility and use of vaccines to prevent some communicable diseases such as influenza, rubella, tetanus, and hepatitis B in low- and middle-income countries in Southeast Asia period 2015-2017. The project will offer opportunities for researchers in institutions and agencies involved in improving capacity in research of adult vaccination immunization.

    A multi-country, prospective and community-based study will be carried out over three years (tentatively 2015-2017). Pre- and post- evaluation design and community-based randomized control trials (RCT) will be applied in two Southeast Asian countries (Vietnam, Lao PDR).

    Specifically, the outcome of the project aims to decrease health disparities by evidence-based novel interventions for accessing vaccination against influenza in Vietnam and Lao PDR. Vietnam and Lao PDR will implement health education interventions; at the same time Vietnam will implement a health service intervention in order to address barriers to vaccination access in each of their respective countries and localities. In addition, at least, two papers will be submitted to international peer-reviewed journals at the end of the project.

  • Ebola Safety Training Travel Grants

    In response to the tragic outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, ISID stepped in to offer travel grants to individuals to enable them to attend one of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety training courses to be prepared to work in an Ebola Treatment Unit in West Africa. The CDC course ran from October 2014 to March 2015. ISID received assistance from GlaxoSmithKline and the Niles Foundation. 

    Awards were made to individuals who joined the training at the CDC and went on to work in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Awardees hailed from USA, UK, Brazil, Austria, Cuba, Germany, Pakistan, Canada, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Sierra Leone.

    Douglas H. Hamilton, MD, PhD, Anniston/CDC Ebola Safety Training Course Director, sent the following thank you to ISID:

    On behalf of the entire ETU Safety Training Team I want to thank you for your support of CDCs course. To date, 480 healthcare workers have completed the course in Anniston, AL and have learned the principles of infection prevention and control needed to work safely in an ETU setting. I know many of our international participants were able to participate in the training thanks to the travel grants provided by ISID. It has been an honor and a privilege to meet and help prepare healthcare workers to operate safely in an ETU environment and we could not have done this without the support of partners such as ISID.

    To find out more listen to the story broadcast about the CDC Ebola Safety Training Course on National Public Radio (October 8, 2014).