Ousmane Sarr

Visiting Scientist

Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

665 Huntington Avenue
Building 1, Room 709
Boston, Massachusetts 02115


Tracking Plasmodium falciparum malaria drug resistance and gaining a better understanding of the epidemiology of malaria in West Africa are my primary research interests. In addition to research activities at HSPH and Le Dantec Teaching Hospital in Dakar, I train students from Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar in molecular biology laboratory techniques and provide technical support to the West African Network of Excellence on TB, AIDS, and Malaria.


M.D., 1998, University Cheikh Anta Diop
M.P.H., 2008, Harvard School of Public Health


1. Bei AK, Desimone TM, Badiane AS, Ahouidi AD, Dieye T, Ndiaye D, Sarr O, Ndir O, Mboup S, Duraisingh MT. A flow cytometrie-based assay for measuring invasion of red blood cells by Plasmodium falciparum. Am J Hematol. 2010 Jan 13;85(4):234-237.

2. Ahouidi AD, Bei AK, Neafsey DE, Sarr O, Volkman S, Milner D, Cox-Singh J, Ferreira MU, Ndir O, Premji Z, Mboup S, Duraisingh MT. Population genetic analysis of large sequence polymorphisms in Plasmodium falciparum blood-stage antigens. Infect Genet Evol. 2009 Nov 30.

3. Lantos PM, Ahouidi AD, Bei AK, Jennings CV, Sarr O, Ndir O, Wirth DF, Mboup S, Duraisingh MT. Erythrocyte invasion profiles are associated with a common invasion ligand polymorphism in Senegalese solates of Plasmodium falciparum. Parasitology. 2009 Jan;136(1):1-9.

4.  Neafsey DE, Schaffner SF, Volkman SK, Park D, Montgomery P, Milner DA Jr, Lukens A, Rosen D, Daniels R, Houde N, Cortese JF, Tyndall E, Gates C, Stange-Thomann N, Sarr O, Ndiaye D, Ndir O, Mboup S, Ferreira MU, Moraes SD, Dash AP, Chitnis CE, Wiegand RC, Hartl DL, Birren BW, Lander ES, Sabeti PC, Wirth DF. Genome-wide SNP genotyping highlights the role of natural selection in Plasmodium falciparum population             divergence. Genome Biol. 2008 Dec 15;9(12):R171.

5. Sarr O, Ahouidi AD, Daily JP et al, 2008. Mutations in pfcrt K76T do not correlate with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine amodiaquine failure in Pikine, Senegal. Parasitol Res 103(4):765-9.

6. Jennings CV, Ahouidi AD, Zilversmit M, Bei A, Rayner J, Sarr O, Ndir O, Mboup S, Wirth DF, Duraisingh MJ, 2007. Molecular Analysis of Erythrocyte Invasion in Plasmodium falciparum isolates from Senegal. Infect Immun 75(7):3531-8.

7. JP Daily, D Scanfeld, N Pochet, K Le Roch, D Plouffe, M Kamal, O Sarr, S Mboup, O Ndir, et al, 2007. Distinct Physiological States of Plasmodium falciparum in Malaria-infected patients. Nature 450(7172) :1091-5.

8. Volkman SK, Pardis S, DeCAprio D, Neafsey DE, Schaffner SF, Millner D Jr, Daily JP, Sarr O, Ndiaye D, Ndir O, Mboup S, Duraisingh MT, Lukens A, Derr A, Thomann-Stamge N, Waggoner S, Onofrio R, Mauceli E, Gnerre S, Jaffe DB, Zainoun J, Wiegand RC, Birren BW, Hartl DL, Galagan JE, Lander ES, Wirth DF, 2006. A Genome-Wide Map of Diversity in Plasmodium falciparum. Nature Genetics 39, 113-119.

9. Happi CT, Gbotosho GO, Folarin OA, Milner D, Sarr O, Sowunmi A, Kyle DE, Milhous WK, Wirth DF, Oduala AM, 2006. Confirmation of emergence of mutations associated with atovaquone-proguanil resistance in unexposed Plasmodium falciparum isolates from Africa. Malar J. 4;5:82.

10. Ndiaye D, Daily JP, Sarr O, Gaye O, Ndir O, Mboup S, Wirth DF, 2006. Defining the origin of Plasmodium falciparum resistant dhfr isolates in Senegal. Acta Trop. 99(1):106-11.

11. Kidgell C, Volkman SK, Daily J, Borevitz JO, Plouffe D, Zhou Y, Le Roch K, Sarr O, Ndir O, Mboup S, Bataloy S, Wirth DF, Winzeler EA, 2006. A systematic map of genetic variation in Plasmodium falciparum. PLoS Pathog. 2(6).

12.  Sarr O, Myrick A, Daily JP, Diop BM, Dieng T, Sow PS, Mboup S. Ndir O. Wirth DF, 2005. In vivo and in vitro analysis of chloroquine resistance in Plasmodium falciparum isolates from Senegal. Parasitol Res 7(2):136-40.9.

13. Ndiaye N, Daily JP, Sarr O, Ndir O, Gaye O, Mboup S, Wirth DF, 2006.  Mutations in Plasmodium falciparum dihydrofolate reductase and dihydropteroate synthase genes in Senegal. Trop Med Int Health 10:1176-9.

14. Myrick A, Sarr O, Dieng T, Ndir O, Mboup S, Wirth DF, 2005. Analysis of the genetic diversity of the Plasmodium falciparum multidrug resistance gene 5′ upstream region. Am J Trop Med Hyg 72(2):182-8.

15. Cancre N, Tall A, Rogier C, Faye J, Sarr O, Trape JF, Spiegel A, Bois F, 2000. Bayesian analysis of an epidemiologic model of Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection in Ndiop, Senegal. Am J Epidemiol. 152(8):760-70.

16. Daily JP, Le Roch KG, Sarr O, Ndiaye D, Zhou Y, Lukens A, Sultan A, Mboup S, Ndir O, Winzeler E, Wirth DF, 2005. In vivo transcriptome of Plasmodium falciparum reveals overexpression of transcripts that encode surface proteins. J Infect Dis191(7):1196-203.

17. Daily JP, Le Roch KG, Sarr O, Fang X, Zhou Y, Sultan A, Mboup S, Ndir O, Winzeler E, Wirth DF, 2004. In vivo transcriptional profiling of Plasmodium falciparum. Malar J 5;3:30.