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Research group


Malaria Group

Academic Unit: Faculty of Medicine

Colombian Ministry of Science








Medical and health sciences


Clinical medicine

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Strategic Focus

The Malaria Group is an academic team from the Universidad de Antioquia with the mission of generating scientific knowledge about Malaria, its environment and the health problems associated with this disease. Its goal is to seek solutions through Ecosystemic Studies and an interdisciplinary approach based on Quality Standards. Our activities include research, community outreach and teaching with an emphasis on the training of researchers while fulfilling the institutional missions of the university within a framework of ethics and social responsibility.

Research Areas and Topics

  • Bioprospecting (Biological activity of natural products, Biodiversity).
  • Clinical and Pathogenesis of Malaria (Biomarkers, Immunology).
  • Antimalarials (Pharmacovigilance, In Vitro Activity, Pharmacokinetics).
  • Parasite Biology and Vectors (Genetics, Ecology).
  • Territory and Health (Collective Health, History, Epidemiology).

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Good health and well-being Quality Education Gender Equality Industry innovation and infraestructure

Group Coordinator

Alberto Tobón Castaño, PhD


PhD in Public Health and Biomedical Research Methodology

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

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Scientific Cooperation

Collaborative Relationships

  • Kansas University (USA).
  • The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK).
  • Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany).
  • Colombian Institute of Tropical Medicine (Apartadó Headquarters).
  • International Training and Research Center (CIDEIM), Cali.
  • Instituto Nacional de Salud (National Institute of Health), Bogotá.
  • Joaquín Antonio Uribe Botanical Garden of Medellin.
  • Industrial Biotechnology.
  • Plant Biotechnology.

  • GAF (Functional Food Group).
  • Chemistry of Natural Products and Foods.
  • CAA (Environmental Academic Corporation).
  • Herbarium, Natural Products, Marine Products.
  • Ecology and Evolution of Vertebrates, Neurosciences.
  • GIBS Bioactive Substances.
  • Solid state.
  • Waste analysis.

Notable Projects

  • Acquisition of Vegetable Origin Substances for Malaria Treatment.
  • Surveillance of therapeutic efficacy and antimalarial resistance in Colombia.
  • Malaria during pregnancy.
  • Study of Submicroscopic and Asymptomatic Plasmodial Infections.
  • Research on the implementation of diagnostic and treatment strategies for Malaria.

Main Research Results

  • Identification of Natural Compounds and Molecules with Anti-Plasmodial Activity.
  • Epidemiological characterization of Malaria in low-endemic regions: Submicroscopic and Asymptomatic Infections, severe Malaria, Malaria in pregnant women and newborns.
  • Results of Epidemiology and Pharmacovigilance applied to National Guidelines.
  • Plasmodium Genotyping and Phylogenetics: Resistance and clinical aspects.
  • Research on the implementation of Care and Prevention Strategies.

Research Portafolio

  • Specialized malaria diagnosis through microscopy and molecular tests.
  • Evaluation of biological activity of natural compounds in the Plasmodium model.
  • Quantification of metabolites by chromatography.
  • Training in clinical and laboratory diagnostics of Malaria at the community and institutional levels.

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