Dr Mary Oguike (nee Chiaka M. NNEJI) BSc MSc PhD

Research Fellow co-ordination of the Plasmodium ovale transmission suite at LSHTM, generation of whole genome sequences for Plasmodium ovale curtisi and Plasmodium ovale wallikeri

About Mary Oguike

Plasmodium ovale, genomics, mosquito transmission, malaria in pregnancy, antimalarial drug resistance, diagnostics


I have a BSc in Biochemistry and MSc/PhD in Pharmacology & Therapeutics from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. I came into the school in 2008 as a volunteer under the supervision of Dr Cally Roper and Dr Colin Sutherland. In 2009, I took on the role of a Research assistant with Colin working on drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum, molecular diagnostics of malaria and genetic characterization of Plasmodium ovale.




I teach academic visitors, M.Sc and PhD students techniques in the laboratory. I give tutorial sessions to MSc students on Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. I also give one to one tutorials to MSc students. M.Sc project supervision.


I am currently involved in a MRC-funded project on studies of hepatic latency of human ovale malaria. This work borders on mosquito transmission, genomics (next generation sequencing) and ex-vivo cultures. I am also evaluating the molecular markers of drug resistance in symptomatic Nigerian children treated with various combinations of ACT.

Research areas

  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Diagnostics
  • Drug resistance
  • Global Health


  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Parasitology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Malaria
  • Tropical diseases


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • World


  • Nigeria
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • ACT
  • Antimalarial Drug Resistance
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