Tonny OwallaMed Biotech Laboratories · Department of Infectious Diseases
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I am interested in mental health disorders and malaria. Analysed tau protein using ELISA to understand the pathogenesis and aetiology of nodding syndrome in Ugandan children. Genotyped for SNPs in the stress response pathway genes and its association with internalizing mental disorders. Currently working on i) dimensionality of K10 and genetic variants associated with the constructs using genome wide association analysis; ii) human milk oligosaccharides and malaria.
August 2009 - August 2020
Field of study
- Molecular Biology
Pre-existing and intervening low-density Plasmodium infections complicate the conduct of malaria clinical trials. These infections confound infection detection endpoints, and their immunological effects may detract from intended vaccine-induced immune responses. Historically, these infections were often unrecognized since infrequent and often analy...
Background Many Plasmodium infections in endemic regions exist at densities below the limit of detection of standard diagnostic tools. These infections threaten control efforts and may impact vaccine and therapeutic drug studies. Simple, cost-effective methods are needed to study the natural history of asymptomatic submicroscopic parasitaemia. Self...
Children and adolescents living with human immunodeficiency virus (CA-HIV) suffer a considerable burden of internalizing disorders (IDs; depressive and anxiety disorders). Environmental and genetic factors have been reported to influence the vulnerability to IDs in western settings; however, their role among African populations remains inadequately...
Objective: Uganda has registered fewer COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita than Western countries. Lower numbers of cases and deaths might be due to pre-existing cross-immunity induced by circulating common cold human coronaviruses (HCoVs) before the COVID-19 pandemic. To investigate pre-existing mucosal antibodies against COVID-19, we compared I...
Objective: Uganda, like other African countries, has registered fewer COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita than non-African countries. The lower numbers of cases and deaths in Uganda might be due to pre-existing cross-immunity induced by zoonotic coronaviruses or circulating common cold human coronaviruses (HCoVs) before the COVID-19 pandemic. In o...
Intranasal instillation of SE36, a malaria vaccine candidate antigen, in lactating BALB/c female mice resulted in the appearance of the antigen in breast milk as demonstrated by sandwich ELISA and Western blot. Pups born of immunologically naive mice and breastfed on lactating foster mothers exposed intranasally to SE36 developed IgG anti-SE36 anti...
The ultrasensitive Alere Plasmodium falciparum Malaria Ag histidine-rich protein 2 rapid diagnostic test (Alere uRDT) is a new diagnostic tool which is more expensive than other malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) routinely used in Ugandan clinics. The manufacturer recommends testing samples within 2 days and scoring results after 20 minutes, whi...
This article provides a comprehensive biosafety and biosecurity practices across public and private health facilities in Uganda
Sporadic Salmonella outbreaks with varying clinical presentations have been on the rise in various parts of Uganda. The sources of outbreaks and factors underlying the different clinical manifestation are curtailed by paucity of information on Salmonella genotypes and the associated virulence genes. This study reports molecular diversity of Salmone...
Plasmodium falciparum infection during pregnancy contributes substantially to malaria burden in both mothers and offspring. Analysis of naturally acquired immune responses that confer protection against parasitemia and clinical disease is important to guide vaccine evaluation as well as identify immune correlates. Unfortunately, few studies have ad...