Kenneth Udenze investigates malaria and more with USF
Kenneth Udenze, MPH is a researcher with Global Health Infectious Disease Research (GHIDR) Lab in Tampa. Under the mentorship of John H. Adams, PhD, Udenze works with the malaria research group on projects investigating the genetic basis of drug resistance, virulence, and transmission.
Currently, Udenze is engaged in a collaborative project with NIH scientists isolating hundreds of progeny clones from a recent genetic cross of Plasmodium falciparum, the most virulent form of malaria. The project requires expanding parasite clones for cryopreservation and characterization. The objective of the study is to identify the genetic basis of artemisinin resistance in order to preserve efficacy of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs). This is the last available frontline antimalarial drug and its loss would be a global disaster for malaria control and treatment, bringing eradication efforts
to a standstill and causing resurgent African childhood mortality.
Mr. Kenneth Udenze earned a graduate degree in health policies and programs from the USF College of Public Health. He also holds a bachelor of science in pharmacy. In addition to his
Drs. Adams and Kyle are global health professors at the USF College of Public Health.