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Connections in Asia

Asia is the most populated region of the world, and is the setting for most of the world’s preventable deaths. Although the economic prosperity of some Asian countries is rapidly increasing, there are numerous countries that are designated as low-income and have no immediate prospect of rapid economic growth. A third of the region’s population live on less than two dollars a day, which is estimated to represent two-thirds of the developing world’s poor. The region is a hot spot for both the emergence of new infectious diseases and antimicrobial drug resistance. The spectrum of research being conducted by University of Cambridge investigators mirrors these challenges, and includes research on food security, major health threats such as influenza and tuberculosis, and bacterial drug resistance.

People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Professor Stephen Bentley
  • SMRU, Mae Sot, Thailand
  • Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Angkor Hospital for Children, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Katherine Brown
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
Dr Michaela Fakiola
  • Banaras Hindu University, India
David Huggins
  • Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore
Dr Robert Kingsley
  • Wellcome Trust Tropical Unit Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Professor Nick Mascie-Taylor
  • Bangladesh
  • Japan
  • India
Dr. Manjinder Sandhu
  • Monash University, Malaysia
Ross Waller
  • Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology 

Postdoctoral Researchers

Julia Maryam Aarasteh
  • Iran, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences.
Tim Downing
  • Nepal
  • India
Eleanor Gaunt
  • Thailand: University of Bangkok
Punita Juneja
  • KAUST, Saudi Arabia
Narender Kumar
  • National Institute for Research on Tuberculosis, Chennai, India 
Gabriel Rinaldi
Dr Tracy Wang
  • Nankai University, Tianjin, P. R. China
  • Tianjin University of Science and Technology, Tianjin, P. R. China
  • Huazhong Agriculture University, Wuhan, P. R. China

Graduate Students

Bihe Chen

Chinese Academy of Sciences

William Hamilton
  • worked at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), in Bangkok, Thailand, during my PhD research.
Sun-Gou Ji
  • South Korea, Yonsei Uniersity
Chin Mei
  • University Malaysia Pahang

Other members

Dr. Hui Yee Chee
  • Malaysia 
  • Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia 
  • The Tropical Infectious Diseases Research & Education Centre (TIDREC), Malaysia
Dr Shaowen Li

Bacterial disease and foodborne bacteria