Parasitology Department

The Department of Parasitology at NAMRU-6 conducts research in malaria, leishmaniasis, intestinal parasites, filariasis and other diseases of military relevance and public health importance in the Americas. With a multidisciplinary approach, Parasitology conducts studies on the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and control of parasitic diseases, combining basic and applied research cutting across multiple different disciplines. Research ranges from molecular biology and genetics through epidemiological field studies and vaccine and treatment trials. A recent focus of the Department is the study of the role of host immunity in the regulation of disease severity and response to treatment as well as pre-clinical testing of malaria vaccine candidates using the Aotus monkey model. Department research and collaborations extend across Peru and our neighbor countries, maintaining a strong focus on endemic regions in the Amazon Basin. The parasitology research program is entirely supported by competitive funding, primarily from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among other funding sources.

The program consists of 29 full-time staff countrywide, including 8 scientists (4 PhDs and 4 MDs), 7 masters-level junior scientists, 6 laboratory technicians, 4 field workers, 2 veterinary doctors and 3 administrative assistants. Parasitology has field teams in four sites in Peru: Lima; Bellavista in Piura; Padre Cocha in Iquitos, Loreto; and Delta 1 in Madre de Dios. The Department of Parasitology has multiple laboratories, field stations and study sites across Peru and also collaborations in other locations including Ecuador and Brazil.

The Department of Parasitology focuses on six research areas:
1.         Malaria
2.         Leishmaniasis
3.         Intestinal Parasites
4.         Filariasis
5.         Program Evaluation
6.         Public Health Training