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ICMR-NIMR Field Unit: Panaji, Goa

The Field Unit (FU) of ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research at Panaji was established on 6th Sept. 1989. The main objective of this FU was to control malaria in Goa bysituational analysis, research evidenceand demonstration of control of malaria in Panaji from 1989-92 and Candolim PHC 1994-1995 by bio-environmental methods. The FU has assisted State National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme (NVBDCP) in framing suitable bye-laws for vector control, preferential diagnosis and treatment of malaria in high risk groups and in the amendment of existing bye-laws in the Goa Public Health Act. The FU also provides training to Health Officers, Medical Officers and Senior Supervisory staff of the Directorate of Health Services, Goa.

The FU is currently involved in basic and applied research related to malaria. The ongoing research activities of FU include study of malaria vector bionomics in Goa to facilitate effective vector control strategies,studies on the changing behavior of mosquito vectors such as feeding and resting behavior and population dynamics in persistent transmission areas under different phases (categories) of malaria elimination, periodical assessment of malaria vectors susceptibility to commonly used insecticides and isolation, characterization and bio-assays of indigenous strains of mosquito-pathogenic Bacilli for vector control.

The National Institute of Health (NIH), USA funded study is being currently executed with the aim to understand current associations of human malaria parasites and their natural vectors in India. Comprehensive vector monitoring of vector population carried out in representative malarious areas of Goa will aid in source reduction/elimination of breeding places.

Over all FU Goais supporting the state NVBDCP in elimination of malaria in the state.

Research Staff

Research Staff

  1. Hemanth Kumar, Senior Research Scientist & Officer In-Charge
  2. Ajeet Kumar Mohanty, Assistant Research Scientist
  3. Maria Flavia DeSouza, Lab Technician
  4. Sushma Vijayanand Bhingi, Lab Technician
Ongoing Research Projects

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Epidemiology of Malaria Evolution in South Asia, Funded by NIH, USA (2017-2024).
  2. A comprehensive study on malaria vector species composition and their relative abundance, distribution and bionomics in Goa State (Intramural).
  3. Insecticide susceptibility status of major vectors in Goa State (Intramural).
  4. Isolation, characterization and efficacy of naturally occurring mosquito pathogenic bacilli in Goa, India (Intramural).
Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

  1. Mohanty A K, Dey G, Kumar M, Sreenivasamurthy S K, Garg S, Prasad TSK, Kumar A (2019). Proteome data of female Anopheles stephensi antennae. Data in Brief. 24:103911. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2019.103911.
  2. A Kumar (2019). Some considerable issues concerning malaria elimination in India. Journal of Vector Borne Diseases. 56; 25-31.
  3. Rahi M, Das P, Jambulingam P, Vijayachari P, Das A, Pati S, Narain K, Kumar A, Gangakhedkar RR, Dhingra n, Valecha N (2019). ICMR research initiatives enabling malaria elimination in India. Journal of Vector Borne Diseases. 56; 1-3.
  4. Kumar M, Mohanty AK, Dey G, Sreenivasamurthy SK, Kumar A, Prasad K (2019). Dataset on fat body proteome of Anopheles stephensi Liston. Data in Brief. 22 1068-1073.
  5. Mohanty AK, Nina PB, Ballav S, Vernekar S, Parkar S, D’souza M, Zuo W , Gomes E, Chery L, Tuljapurkar S, Valecha N, Rathod PK, Kumar A (2018). Susceptibility of wild and colonized Anopheles stephensi to Plasmodium vivax infection. Malaria Journal J; 17:225
  6. Mohanty A K, Dey G, Kumar M, Sreenivasamurthy S K, Garg S, Prasad TSK, Kumar A. (2018) Mapping Anopheles stephensi midgut proteome using high-resolution mass spectrometry. Data in Brief 17 (2018) 1295–1303.
  7. Dey G, Mohanty AK, Sreenivasamurthy SK, Kumar M, Prasad T.S.K, Kumar A. (2018) Proteome data of Anopheles stephensi salivary glands using high-resolution mass spectrometry analysis Journal. Data in Brief 21: 2554-2561
  8. Sreenivasamurthy SK, Dey G, Kumar M, Mohanty AK, Kumar A, Prasad T.S.K. (2018) Quantitative proteome of midgut, Malpighian tubules, ovaries and fat body from sugar-fed adult An. stephensi mosquitoes. Data in Brief. 20: 1861–1866 DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2018.08.189.
  9. Dey G, Mohanty AK, Kumar M, Sreenivasamurthy SK, Patil A H, Prasad T.S.K, Kumar K. (2018) Proteome data of Anopheles stephensi ovary using high-resolution mass spectrometry. Data in Brief. 20:723-731
  10. Dey G, Mohanty AK, Kumar M, Sreenivasamurthy SK, Kumar A, Prasad T.S.K. (2018) Proteome data of Anopheles stephensi hemolymph using high resolution mass spectrometry. Data in Brief.18: 1441–1447.
  11. Kocher D K, Jamwal S, Bakshi D K and Kumar A (2018). Mosquito larvae specific predation by native cyclopoid copepod species, Mesocylopsaspericornis (Daday, 1906). Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies. 6(3): 983-987
  12. Nina PB, Mohanty AK, Ballav S, Vernekar S, Bhinge S, D’souza M, Walke J, Manoharan SK, Mascarenhas A, Gomes E, Chery l, Valecha N, Kumar a, Rathod PK (2017). Dynamics of Plasmodium vivax sporogony in wild Anopheles stephensi in a malaria endemic region of Western India. Malar J. 11;16 (1):284.
  13. Prasad TSK, Mohanty AK, Kumar M, Sreenivasamurthy SK, Dey G et al (2017).. Integrating transcriptomic and proteomic data for accurate assembly and annotation of genomes. Genome Res. 27(1):133-144.
  14. Kumar M, Mohanty AK, Sreenivasamurthy SK, Dey G, Advani J, Pinto SM, Kumar A, Prasad K (2017). Response to blood meal in the fat body of Anopheles stephensi using quantitative proteomics: Towards new vector control strategies against malaria. OMICS: Journal of Integrative biology. 21(9):520-530.
  15. Dhawan R, Pillai CR, Mohanty AK, Kumar A. (2017). Achieving in vitro gametocytogenesis of Plasmodium falciparum in optimal conditions: A review. International Journal of Medical and Health Research. Volume 3; Issue 12; 83-90.
  16. Mohanty AK, Garg S, Dhindsa K, Kumar A. (2017). Variable Region of 16s rRNA is Essential for the Identification of Group 1 Mosquito- Pathogenic Strains of Lysini bacillus. Adv Biotech & Micro. 2(2): 555583.
  17. Dhawan R, Kumar M, Mohanty AK, Dey G, Advani J, Prasad TSK, Kumar A (2017). Mosquito-Borne Diseases and Omics:Salivary Gland Proteome of the Female Aedes aegypti Mosquito. OMICS: Journal of Integrative Biology. 21(1):45-54.
  18. Dhawan R, Mohanty AK, Kumar M, Dey G, Advani J, Prasad TSK, and Kumar A (2017). Data from salivary gland proteome analysis of female Aedes aegypti Linn. Data in Brief 13:274–277.
  19. Sreenivasamurthy SK, Madugundu AK, Patil AH, Dey G, Mohanty AK, Kumar M, Patel K, Wang C, Kumar A, Pandey A, Prasad TSK (2017). Mosquito-Borne Diseases and Omics: Tissue-Restricted Expression and Alternative Splicing Revealed by Transcriptome Profiling of Anopheles stephensi. OMICS: Journal of Integrative Biology. 21(8):488-497.
  20. Kumar A, Mohanty A K, Prasad TSK. (2017) Mosquito-borne diseases – how can omics help characterize vectors? Infectious Diseases Hub.
  21. Kumar A, Hosmani R, Jadhav S, de SousaT, Mohanty A, Naik N, ShettigarA, Kale S, Valecha N, Chery L and Rathod P K (2016). Anopheles subpictus carry human malaria parasites in an urban area of Western India and may facilitate perennial malaria transmission. Malar J. 15:124
  22. White J, Mascrenhas A, Periera L, Dash R, Walke J T, Gawas P, Sharma A, Manoharan S K, Guler J L, Maki J N, Kumar A, Mahanta J, ValechaN, Dubhashi N, Vaz M, Gomes E, Chery L and Rathod P K (2016). In vitro adaptation of Plasmodium falciparum reveal variations in cultivability. Malaria Journal. 15:33.
  23. Dhawan R and Kumar A (2016). Gametocytogenesis in Plasmodium falciparum-A ‘Parasite’ view. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies. 4(2): 98-103.
  24. Kar N P, Chauhan K, Nanda N, Kumar A, Carlton J M, Das A (2016). Comparative assessment on the prevalence of mutations in the Plasmodium falciparum drug-resistant genes in two different ecotypes of Odisha state, India. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 41: 47–55.
  25. Kaitholia K, Kumar A, Bhatnagar S, Rana R, Shankar H, Bhatt R M, Anvikar A R, Valecha N & Mishra N (2016). Residual Antimalarial Levels in Plasmodium falciparum Malaria Patients from Selected Sites in India: An indication of Drug Pressure. Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research 2(8): 1614-1622.
  26. Chery L, Maki J N, Mascarenhas A, Walke J T, Gawas P, Almeida A, Fernandes M, Vaz M, Ramanan R, Shirodkar D, Bernabeu M, Manoharan S K, Pereira L, Dash R, Sharma A, Shaik R B, Chakrabarti R, Babar P, White J, Mudeppa D, Kumar S, Zuo W, Skillman K M, Kanjee U, Lim C, Saliba K S, Kumar A, Valecha N, Jindal V N, Khandeparkar A, Naik P, Amonkar S, Duraisingh M, Tuljapurkar S, Smith J D, Dubhashi N, Pinto RG W, Silveria M, Gomes E, Rathod P K (2016). Demographic and clinical profiles of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax patients at a tertiary care centre in southwestern India. Malaria Journal 15:569. (http://doi.10.1186/s12936-016-1619-5).
  27. Kumar A (2016). Why Plasmodium malariae (Grassi and Feletti 1890), a neglected human malaria parasite, must be a part of national malaria elimination agenda? Plasmodium Newsletter. Publ. National Institute of Malaria Research ( (1): 7-9

Address and contact details of Field Unit

ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research Field Unit
DHS Building, Campal
Panaji, Goa Pin 403 001, India
Phone: +91-832-2222444, 2421406
Email: nimrfugoa[at]

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