Recent Awardees
Congratulations to the following grant recipients who will receive funding from ISID to carry out research projects in infectious diseases:

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ISID SSI/ISID Fellowships
(Swiss Society for Infectiology / ISID) Research Fellowship Program
2015 Awardees
  • Dr. 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 Awardees
  • Dr. 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.
2016 Awardees
  • Dr. Jaime Amorim, Brazil
    Universidade Federal do Oeste da Bahia
    Purification of Zika virus non-structural proteins aiming viral pathogenesis studies
  • Dr. Michael Frimpong, Ghana
    Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine
    Rapid detection of Mycobacterium ulcerans by recombinase polymerase amplification
  • Dr. Theam Soon Lim, Malaysia
    Universiti Sains Malaysia, Instittute for Research in Molecular Medicine
    Novel monoclonal human antibodies for Zika virus nonstructural proteins
  • Dr. Rubens Monte-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
  • Dr. Hugo Perazzo, Brazil
    Fundação Oswaldo Cruz / Instituto Nacional de Infectologia Evandro Chagas
    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]
  • Dr. 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 retrospecive crossectional study
  • Dr. Kuldeep Sharma, India
    Division of Microbiology, National Institute for Research in Tribal Health
    To design and develop high sensitivity detection of MTB-antigens using Immuno-LAMP to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens directly from specimens/sputum
  • Dr. Sean Wasserman, South Africa
    Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Dept of Medicine, University of Cape Town
    Colonisation with multidrug-resistant bacteria and C difficile in long-term care facilities in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ms. Evelyn Wesengula, Kenya
    Ministry of Health Kenya, Patient and Health Workers Safety Unit
    Clean Your Hands ,Save a Life
  • Dr. Francis Zeukeng, Benin
    The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), AgroEcoHealth Platform
    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?
2015 Awardees
  • Dr. Natalia de Miguel, Argentina
    Instituto Tecnológico Chascomús (IIB-INTECH), Buenos Aires
    Epigenetic mechanisms in Trichomonas vaginalis: implications for gene expression, pathogenesis and drug discovery
  • Dr. Jerome Dirga, 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
  • Ms. Yvonne Dijieugoue, Cameroon
    Centre Pasteur du Cameroon
    An evaluation of the expression of catalase-peroxidase, an Isoniazid-drug activating enzyme, and drug eftlux pumps in clinical drug resistant and susceptible Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates
  • Dr. 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
  • Ms. Augusta Kolekang, Ghana
    School of Public Heatlh, University of Ghana
    Capacity of health facilities to implement universal malaria diagnosis and treatment guidelines in Ghana
  • Mr. David Nderu, Kenya
    School of Health Sciences, Kirinyaga University College
    Analysis of Plasmodium falciparum Histomine Rich Protein-2 gene (Pfhrp2) diversity in Kenya and its effects on malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs)
  • Dr. Jandeli Niemand, South Africa
    Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Agricultural and Natural Science, 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
  • Dr. Cindy Shuan Ju Teh, Malaysia
    Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medecine, University of Malaya
    Longitudinal study of the impact of changing trends of genotypes and phenotypes of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infection in a tertiary teaching hospital in Malaysia
  • Ms. Elizabeth Villasis, Peru
    Malaria Laboratory, 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
2014 Awardees
  • Dr. 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
  • Dr. 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
  • Dr. 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
  • Dr. 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
  • Ms. Silvina Goenaga
    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
  • Mr. 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
  • Mr. 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
  • Dr. 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
  • Dr. 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)
  • Ms. 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
  • Mr. 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
2013 Awardees
  • Dr. 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
  • Ms. Yagahira Castro Sesquen, Peru
    Laboratorio de Investigación en Enfermedades Infecciosas, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
    Novel nanotechnology for urine antigen detection in congenital Chagas disease
  • Dr. 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
  • Dr. 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
  • Mr. 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
2013 Awardees
  • Dra. 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.
  • Mr. 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.
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2016 Awardees
  • Dr. 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
    In collaboration with theInstitute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Md. 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
    In collaboration with the Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden
2014 Awardees
  • Mr. 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.
  • Dr. Refath Farzana, Bangladesh
    Dept. of Microbiology, Kumudini Women's Medical College and Dept. of Microbiology, Bhaka Medical College
    Molecular epidemiology and dissemination ecology of antibiotic resistant Acinetobacter baumannii clones inside and outside of Bangladeshi hospital settings. In collaboration with the University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway .
2013 Awardees
  • Dr. 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.
  • Dr. 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.