Winifrida Kidima

Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
651 Ilalo Street, Bioscience Building 320
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
E-mail: kidimaw@hawaii.edu

Personal Statement
Before joining the Department of Tropical Medicine Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology in 2009, I did research that evaluated the effect of Intermittent Preventive Treatment using Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine in children on the development of antimalarial drug resistance in Tanzania. As a Fulbright scholar for two years at the University of Hawaii, I studied the Influence of Intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) using Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine on humoral immune response to malaria antigens in pregnant women in Cameroon. More recently, my work is focussing on placental malaria; investigating mechanism of disease pathogenesis. The skills I am gaining through all this research are critical and paramount for my academic-cum research career in the future in the area of malaria and other infectious diseases.

Education
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.   B.S., 2002 – Biology, Chemistry & Education
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.   M.S, 2005 – Applied Zoology
University of Hawaii at Manoa. Ph.D. candidate, 2009 – present – Tropical Medicine

Experience
2002 – Biology and Chemistry instructor at St Mary’s High School, Tanzania
2004-2005 – Research Assistant, Ifakara Health Institute, Morogoro Tanzania
2005-2009 – Assistant Lecturer University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Interests & Hobbies
I am interested being an academician and researcher in infectious diseases particularly malaria. My hobbies include sports, singing, hiking and traveling.

Selected Presentations
Kidima W, Nkwengulila G, Premji Z, Malisa A, Mshinda H. Molecular Markers for Sulfadoxine –Pyrimethamine Resistance; Association with Clinical Outcome. Multinational Initiative on Malaria: Proceedings of the MIM Malaria Conference Yaoundé Cameroon. Nov. 2005.

Kidima WB, Kayatani AK, Bobbili N, Leke RGD, Taylor DW. Influence of Intermittent Preventive Treatment using Sulfadoxine – Pyrimethamine on Antibody Responses to Plasmodium falciparum in Pregnant Women  in Cameroon. Proceedings of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Philadelphia, USA Dec. 2011.

Kidima WK, Leke RGD, Burns JM, Taylor DW. Malaria Associated Changes in Trophoblast Functions. Proceedings of the American Society of Microbiology, Hawaii Branch, Honolulu Hawaii, April. 2012.