Center for Global Health

MSC10-5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-8207
Fax: (505) 272-8441

Laboratories of Tropical Diseases Personnel


Drs. John Michael Ong'echa (left) and Douglas J. Perkins

Drs. John Michael Ong'echa (left)
and Douglas J. Perkins (right)
at the study site in Siaya, Kenya

Anne Ong'ondo

Anne Ong'ondo
Administrator in Kenya


Research Team: Students/Fellows

  • Evans Raballah, PhD Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • John Michael Ong'echa, PhD Project Coordinator
  • Nicolas Lauve, Student 
  • Lily Elazia, PhD Student
  • Angela Omondi, PhD Student
  • Vincent Otirno, PhD Student
  • Elly Munde, PhD Student

Staff

Kenya staff
  • Rodney Bosire, Driver and Field Staff
  • Moses Ebungure, Security/Maintenance
  • Nicholas Otieno Kondiek, Clinical Officer
  • Moses Lokorkeju, Security/Maintenance
  • Evelyne Modi, Counselor
  • Joan L. Ochieng, Laboratory Technician
  • Jacob Odeny, Data Specialist
  • Joseph Oduor, Maintenance
  • Stellamariz Oloo, Nurse
  • Vincent Omanje, Data Supervisor
  • Anne A. Ong'ondo, Kenya Project Administrator
  • Chrispine Wasonga, Laboratory Technician
DJ Perkins

Douglas Jay (DJ) Perkins, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Perkins is an Professor of Medicine and Director of the Global and Geographic Medicine Program at UNM.  Research projects in Dr. Perkins' laboratories are based primarily in the US and Kenya. These projects focus on various molecular aspects of the human host-immune response to parasites and viruses. One primary goal of the laboratories is to determine the role of genetic variation in cytokine, chemokine, and effector molecule genes in conditioning susceptibility to Plasmodium falciparum-induced severe malarial anemia in African children. The laboratories are also actively investigating the molecular basis of enhanced immune dysfunction in individuals co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and malaria. Additional projects are focused on the impact of bacteremia on the morbidity and mortality of pediatric populations residing in holoendemic P. falciparum transmission areas. Research projects in Dr. Perkins' laboratories involve active collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kisumu, Kenya), Ministry of Health, Kenya (MOH, Kenya), Kenyatta University ( Nairobi, Kenya), Maseno University (Maseno, Kenya), Mahidol University, Hospital for Tropical Disease Research (Bangkok, Thailand), Universidad de Valle (Cali, Colombia), and University of Georgia.

US Research Team

US Research Team: Students/Fellows

Research Team: Students/Fellows

  • Dr. Enrico Novelli, MD, Hematology Fellow
  • Dr. Gordon Awandare, Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Greg Davenport, PhD, Student
  • Allison Remo, MSc, Student
  • Jan Kristoff, MSc, Student
Prakasha Kempaiah

Prakasha Kempaiah, PhD

Assistant Research Professor

United States

Douglas J. Perkins, PhD

Douglas J. Perkins

Laboratories of Tropical Diseases
Center for Global Health
University of New Mexico
MSC10-5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
USA
dperkins@salud.unm.edu
Phone (505) 272-6867
Fax: (505) 272-8441

Kenya

Douglas J. Perkins, PhD

Douglas J. Perkins

Center for Global Health Research
Kenya Medical Research Institute
PO Box 1578
Kisumu, Kenya
Phone: 254.733.360098
Fax: 254.203.530427

John M. Ong'echa

John M. Ong'echa, PhD

Center for Global Health Research
Kenya Medical Research Institute
PO Box 1578
Kisumu, Kenya
michaelongecha@yahoo.com
Phone: 254.733.447920
Fax: 254.203530427