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Dionicia Gamboa

Country of origin: Peru Currently in: Peru, Lima General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
OWSD Award
Academic Background


2008 Doctorate Biological Systems and Organisms
1999 Master Biological Systems and Organisms
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Biological Systems and Organisms

Molecular and cell biology of malaria parasites. Molecular epidemiology to understand residual and re-emerging malaria in the Peruvian Amazon region. Development, validation and implementation of new diagnostic tools for malaria infections.

Publications resulting from Research: 

1. Moreno, M., Tong, C., Guzmán, M., Chuquiyauri, R., Llanos-Cuentas, A., Rodriguez, H., Gamboa, D., Meister, S., Winzeler, E. A., Maguina, P., Conn, J. E., & Vinetz, J. M. (2014). Infection of laboratory-colonized Anopheles darlingi mosquitoes by Plasmodium vivax. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene, 90(4), 612–616.

2. Delgado-Ratto C, Gamboa D, Soto-Calle VE, Van den Eede P, Torres E, Sánchez-Martínez L, Contreras-Mancilla J, Rosanas-Urgell A, Rodriguez Ferrucci H, Llanos-Cuentas A, Erhart A, Van Geertruyden JP, D'Alessandro U. Population Genetics of Plasmodium vivax in the Peruvian Amazon. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016 Jan 14;10(1):e0004376. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004376. eCollection 2016 Jan. PubMed PMID: 26766548

3. Serra-Casas E, Manrique P, Ding XC, Carrasco-Escobar G, Alava F, Gave A, Rodriguez H, Contreras-Mancilla J, Rosas-Aguirre A, Speybroeck N, González IJ, Rosanas-Urgell A, Gamboa D. 2017. Loop-mediated isothermal DNA amplification for asymptomatic malaria detection in challenging field settings: Technical performance and pilot implementation in the Peruvian Amazon. PLoS One. Oct 5;12(10):e0185742. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185742. eCollection 2017. PMID: 28982155.

4. Manrique P, Miranda-Alban J, Alarcon-Baldeon J, Ramirez R, Carrasco-Escobar G, Herrera H, Guzman-Guzman M, Rosas-Aguirre A, Llanos-Cuentas A, Vinetz JM, Escalante AA, Gamboa D. 2019. Microsatellite analysis reveals connectivity among geographically distant transmission zones of Plasmodium vivax in the Peruvian Amazon: A critical barrier to regional malaria elimination. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 Nov 11;13(11):e0007876. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007876. PMID: 31710604; PMCID: PMC6874088.

5. Saavedra, M. P., Conn, J. E., Alava, F., Carrasco-Escobar, G., Prussing, C., Bickersmith, S. A., Sangama, J. L., Fernandez-Miñope, C., Guzman, M., Tong, C., Valderrama, C., Vinetz, J. M., Gamboa, D., & Moreno, M. (2019). Higher risk of malaria transmission outdoors than indoors by Nyssorhynchus darlingi in riverine communities in the Peruvian Amazon. Parasites & vectors, 12(1), 374.

6. Prussing C, Saavedra MP, Bickersmith SA, Alava F, Guzmán M, Manrique E, Carrasco-Escobar G, Moreno M, Gamboa D, Vinetz JM, Conn JE. 2019. Malaria vector species in Amazonian Peru co-occur in larval habitats but have distinct larval microbial communities. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 May 15;13(5):e0007412. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007412. PMID: 31091236; PMCID: PMC6538195.

7. Carrasco-Escobar G, Manrique E, Ruiz-Cabrejos J, Saavedra M, Alava F, Bickersmith S, Prussing C, Vinetz JM, Conn JE, Moreno M, Gamboa D. 2019. High-accuracy detection of malaria vector larval habitats using drone-based multispectral imagery. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. ;13(1):e0007105. Published 2019 Jan 17. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0007105.

8. Rougeron V, Elguero E, Arnathau C, Acuña Hidalgo B, Durand P, Houze S, Berry A, Zakeri S, Haque R, Shafiul Alam M, Nosten F, Severini C, Gebru Woldearegai T, Mordmüller B, Kremsner PG, González-Cerón L, Fontecha G, Gamboa D, Musset L, Legrand E, Noya O, Pumpaibool T, Harnyuttanakorn P, Lekweiry KM, Mohamad Albsheer M, Mahdi Abdel Hamid M, Boukary AOMS, Trape JF, Renaud F, Prugnolle F. 2020. Human Plasmodium vivax diversity, population structure and evolutionary origin. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2020 Mar 9;14(3):e0008072. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0008072. PMID: 32150544; PMCID: PMC7082039.

9. Jang IK, Tyler A, Lyman C, Rek JC, Arinaitwe E, Adrama H, Murphy M, Imwong M, Proux S, Haohankhunnatham W, Barney R, Rashid A, Kalnoky M, Kahn M, Golden A, Nosten F, Greenhouse B, Gamboa D, Domingo GJ. 2020. Multiplex Human Malaria Array: Quantifying Antigens for Malaria Rapid Diagnostics. Am J Trop Med Hyg.102(6):1366-1369. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.19-0763.

10. Nolasco O, Infante B, Contreras-Mancilla J, Incardona S, Ding XC, Gamboa D, Torres K. 2020. Diagnosis of Plasmodium vivax by Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification in Febrile Patient Samples from Loreto, Perú. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 Oct;103(4):1549-1552. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.20-0212. PMID: 32748776; PMCID: PMC7543827.

11. Nolasco O, Montoya J, Rosales Rosas AL, Barrientos S, Rosanas-Urgell A, Gamboa D. 2021. Multicopy targets for Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum detection by colorimetric LAMP. Malar J. 2021 May 19;20(1):225. doi: 10.1186/s12936-021-03753-8. PMID: 34011373; PMCID: PMC8135177.

12. Villasis, E., Garro, K., Rosas-Aguirre, A., Rodriguez, P., Rosado, J., Gave, A., Guzman-Guzman, M., Manrique, P., White, M., Speybroeck, N., Vinetz, J. M., Torres, K., & Gamboa, D. (2021). PvMSP8 as a Novel Plasmodium vivax Malaria Sero-Marker for the Peruvian Amazon. Pathogens (Basel, Switzerland), 10(3), 282.

13. Rosado, J., White, M. T., Longley, R. J., Lacerda, M., Monteiro, W., Brewster, J., Sattabongkot, J., Guzman-Guzman, M., Llanos-Cuentas, A., Vinetz, J. M., Gamboa, D., & Mueller, I. (2021). Heterogeneity in response to serological exposure markers of recent Plasmodium vivax infections in contrasting epidemiological contexts. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 15(2), e0009165.

14. Rosas-Aguirre, A., Guzman-Guzman, M., Chuquiyauri, R., Moreno, M., Manrique, P., Ramirez, R., Carrasco-Escobar, G., Rodriguez, H., Speybroeck, N., Conn, J. E., Gamboa, D., Vinetz, J. M., & Llanos-Cuentas, A. (2021). Temporal and Microspatial Heterogeneity in Transmission Dynamics of Coendemic Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum in Two Rural Cohort Populations in the Peruvian Amazon. The Journal of infectious diseases, 223(8), 1466–1477.

15. Rosas-Aguirre A, Moreno M, Moreno-Gutierrez D, Llanos-Cuentas A, Saavedra M, Contreras-Mancilla J, Barboza J, Alava F, Aguirre K, Carrasco G, Prussing C, Vinetz J, Conn JE, Speybroeck N, Gamboa D. 2021. Integrating Parasitological and Entomological Observations to Understand Malaria Transmission in Riverine Villages in the Peruvian Amazon. J Infect Dis. 2021 Apr 27;223(Supplement_2):S99-S110. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa496. PMID: 33906225; PMCID: PMC8079135.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography:

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Associate professor and Principal Investigator, Head of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Science and Philosophy (FACIEN). Member of the Institute of Tropical Medicine "Alexander von Humboldt" (IMTAvH). Coordinator of the Malaria Laboratory, Laboratorios de Investigación y Desarrollo (LID), FACIEN and IMTAvH. Coordinator of the PhD program in Life Sciences


American Society of Tropical Medicine
Peruvian National Academy of Science
Prizes, Grants and Awards

OWSD Awards

Feb 2013
OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientists
For her multidisciplinary approach to fighting leishmaniasis and malaria, in particular for her studies into the molecular epidemiology of these diseases in endemic regions.
Oct 2015
UNESCO-L'OREAL-CONCYTEC-ANC "For women in Science"
The National Prize L'Oréal-UNESCO-CONCYTEC- ANC - "For women in Science" has the critical objective of recognizing the leadership, scientific excellence and exceptional contribution of women in science, with a proven track record in activities of investigation
Apr 2003
UNESCO-L'OREAL "For young women in Science"
The International Prize UNESCO-L'OREAL "For young women in Science" has the main objective of support young women at the beginning of her carrier to do or complete PhD studies.
OWSD 6th General Assembly certificate: download

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