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Sunil Parikh, MD, MPH

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Infectious Diseases; Co-Chair Downs Fellowship, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

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Sunil Parikh, MD, MPH

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  • Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

    60 College Street, P.O. Box 208322

    New Haven, CA 06520

    United States



Professor Parikh’s research interests focus on translational studies of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Parikh focuses upon several aspects of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, including studies on optimizing treatment regimens, novel chemoprevention strategies, drug resistance emergence and spread, and parasite dynamics. Current projects include: (1) understanding parasite, drug, and host factors affecting response to artemisinin-based antimalarial therapies using a combination of individual and population-based approaches to inform treatment guidelines (Uganda and Burkina Faso); 2) cluster-randomized trial of endectocides to reduce malaria transmission (Burkina Faso); and 3) characterizing the epidemiology of antimalarial drug resistance and non-falciparum species in sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon and Burkina Faso), 4) testing of a novel noninvasive diagnostic device for malaria (Cameroon). Dr. Parikh has ongoing projects in several African countries, which utilize observational and cross-sectional designs, as well as prospective clinical trials. Recently, the Parikh lab, in collaboration with colleagues at Colorado State University (Prof Foy), and IRSSINSTech in Burkina Faso (Prof. Dabire and Ouedraogo) were awarded an International Center of Excellence in Malaria Research. Dr. Parikh received his M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his medical residency training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. After completing his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco and Masters in Public Health at UC Berkeley he joined the faculty at UCSF. He has been a member of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases in the Yale School of Public Health and Section of Infectious Diseases in the Yale School of Medicine since 2012.

Education & Training

  • MPH
    University of California at Berkeley (2005)
  • Fellow
    University of California - San Francisco (2004)
  • Resident
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Boston (2001)
  • MD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1998)


  • COVID-19 in Connecticut Long-term Care Facilities
    New Haven, CT, United States 2020
    Contract with DPH to assist in surveillance and infection prevention and control of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities
  • Integration of HIV, TB, and malaria
    Port-au-Prince, Ouest Department, Haiti 2019
    Integration of HIV, TB, and malaria
  • Malaria research in Cameroon
    Yaounde, Centre, Cameroon 2017
    Novel non-invasive diagnosis of malaria
  • Alliance for Stroke Awareness and Prevention Project
    New Delhi, NCT, India; Kampala, Central Region, Uganda 2011
    Board Member, Non-profit working in Uganda and India on projects related to stroke prevention, such as hypertension screening.
  • Malaria Research
    Bobo-Dioulasso, Hauts-Bassins Region, Burkina Faso 2006
    Translational research on host response and susceptibility to malaria
  • Malaria research
    Kampala, Central Region, Uganda 2002
    Translational research in antimalarial therapy and epidemiology

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Hecht-Albert Pilot Innovation Award for Junior FacultyGlobal Health Leadership Institute2016

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