Kelly Searle, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Kelly Searle

Contact Info

ksearle@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-301-2573

Fax 612-624-0315

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

ScM, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

BS, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, University of Connecticut

Post-doctorate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Summary

I’m an infectious disease epidemiologist interested in understanding malaria transmission dynamics across different endemic settings and the implications for developing and implementing control and elimination strategies. My work integrates traditional epidemiologic methods with molecular biology, GIS and spatial sciences, and ecology across field sites in central and southern Africa. The overarching aim is to understand how malaria impacts communities and inform policies to implement the most efficient package of interventions to reduce the burden of malaria and eliminate it where feasible.

Expertise

Infectious diseases, vector-borne diseases, malaria, GIS, spatial statistics, epidemiologic methods, global health.

Awards & Recognition

Louis I. and Thomas D. Dublin Award, 2014

Research

Research Summary/Interests

My research involved multiple study designs and integrating different data sources to understand malaria transmission to inform control and elimination programs in communities. In areas approaching elimination, the goals are to identify the asymptomatic reservoir of infection and clear those infections. This integrates ecology, geography, parasite genomics, human movement patterns, health seeking behavior, and community based survey methods. In higher transmission settings many of the same methods are used to work with communities to determine the most efficient interventions to make reductions in the malaria burden.

Publications

See a full list of publications at PubMed

  • Searle KM, Lubinda J, Hamapumbu H, Shields TM, Curriero FC, Smith DL, Thuma PE, Moss WJ, for the Southern Africa International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research. Characterizing and quantifying human movement patterns using GPS data loggers in an area approaching malaria elimination in rural southern Zambia. Royal Society Open Science. 2017 May 3; 4: 170046.
  • Searle KM, Katowa B, Kobayashi T, Siame NMS, Mharakurwa S, Norris DE, Stevenson JC, Thuma PE, Moss WJ, for the Southern Africa International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research. Distinct parasite populations infect individuals identified through passive and active case detection in a region of declining malaria transmission in southern Zambia. Malaria Journal. 2017 Apr 19; 16: 154.
  • Searle KM, HamapumbuH, Lubinda J, Shields TM, Pinchoff, J, Kobayashi T, Stevenson JC, Bridges DJ, Larsen DA, Thuma PE, Moss WJ, for the Southern Africa International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research. Operational challenges during early implementation of reactive screen-and-treat and implications of simulated reactive case detection strategies for malaria elimination in a region of low transmission in southern Zambia. Malaria Journal. 2016 Aug 15; 15(1): 412. doi: 10.1186/s12936-016-1460-x.
  • Ippolito MM, Searle KM, Hamapumbu H, Shields TM, Stevenson JC, Thuma PE, Moss WJ, for the Southern Africa International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research. Housing structure is associated with Plasmodium falciparum infection in a low-transmission setting in southern Zambia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2017 Aug 7; 2: 9637.
  • Pringle J, Tessema S, Wesolowski A, Chen A, Murphy M, Carpi G, Shields T, Hamapumbu H, Searle KM, Kobayashi T, Katowa B, Musonda M, Stevenson JC, Thuma PE, Greenhouse B, Moss WJ, Norris DE. Genetic evidence of focal Plasmodium falciparum transmission in a pre-elimination setting. The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2018. jiy640 https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiy640.