Vladimir Corredor PhD

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Vladimir Corredor obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Medical and Molecular Parasitology at New York University in 1994 working on the genetics and evolution of ribosomal RNA genes in Plasmodium. After a brief pause working on yeast molecular genetics at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York he returned to his native Colombia to work on evolutionary biology of Plasmodium parasites. Vladimir has spent time as a visiting scientist at Emory University working on antigenic variation in Plasmodium knowlesi and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine working on the evolution and dissemination of drug resistant P.falciparum parasites in Colombia. In collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and local health authorities in Colombia, he is currently working in the southwestern pacific region of Colombia studying the biological and administrative barriers that make malaria elimination in the Colombian pacific coast difficult. With this purpose in mind the group is evaluating the genetic diversity and distribution of P.falciparum parasite populations –the main causative agent of malaria in the Colombian pacific coast- to monitor the acquisition of drug resistance genotypes and infer patterns of human mobility that would reveal migration maps and potential minimal units for malaria control.