Genomic surveillance of malaria

The Malaria Genomic Epidemiology Network (MalariaGEN) is an international community of researchers using genomic surveillance to understand how genetic variation in humans, Plasmodium parasites, and Anopheles mosquitoes affects the transmission of malaria, and using this knowledge to develop more effective ways to control the disease.

Genomic data resources

The aim of MalariaGEN is to support malaria elimination efforts in all malaria-endemic regions by building a genomic data resource that provides a lens through which parasite and mosquito populations can be observed, monitored and targeted with effective control interventions.


Contributing studies objectivies vary depending on the study species and region, however they all support:

  • Evaluating which control interventions are most effective in which setting
  • informing decisions about where and how to allocate resources for malaria control
  • Studying the molecular basis, evolution and spread of drug and insecticide resistance
  • Identifying opportunities to prolong and maximise the efficacy of malaria control tools
  • Investigating the basic epidemiology, ecology and life history of parasites and mosquito populations in different geographical regions.

Network of collaborating studies