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John W. Barnwell, Ph.D., M.P.H.

John Barnwell


Consultant, Malaria Clinical Team
Retired-Senior Biomedical Research Service Scientist
Chief, Laboratory Research and Development Unit
Malaria Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Role in MaHPIC

Consultant, Malaria Clinical Team



Personal Statement

I have 38 years of experience as a student of the biology of malaria parasites, their vectors and epidemiology, and the disease states they cause in primates and humans. This knowledge has been gained over these 38 years from many different research experiences in the laboratory, in the field, as a consultant and as such I am considered to be one of the top malariologists in the world today.  I have published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on various subjects concerning malaria and other parasitic diseases. During the past 12 years I have been chief of the laboratory unit for the Malaria Branch of CDC supervising several laboratories and many investigations that encompass, epidemiology, vaccine and drug development, parasite biology, non-human primate models of malaria, mosquito vector-parasite interactions, drug resistance mechanisms and markers, parasite genetics and immunity. Prior to joining CDC fourteen years ago, I was a professor for 15 years at New York University School of Medicine where I developed one of the few research programs in the world devoted to the very difficult study of P. vivax cell and molecular biology and made several seminal discoveries on virulence factors for P. falciparum and P. vivax. I have made extensive use of experimental non-human primate model systems for simian and human malaria parasites to focus on the mosquito, liver-stage and blood-stage parasites in regards to the cellular and molecular biological processes and pathophysiological aspects of malaria disease. My current favored research focus among many is on the biology of liver-stage hypnozoites of P. vivax and P. cynomolgi.