Frontiers Call for Manuscript Submissions: Advanced Genetic and Genomic Methods and Applications for Malaria Surveillance

Frontiers is calling for manuscript submissions on “Advanced Genetic and Genomic Methods and Applications for Malaria Surveillance”.

The advent of high-throughput sequencing technologies has revolutionized contemporary genetic and genomic malaria studies and our ability to understand parasite and vector genetic variation, transmission dynamics, and evolution in unprecedented detail. Both whole genome sequencing and targeted genotyping panels are now possible using platforms such as Illumina and Oxford Nanopore, enabling the development of cost-effective approaches for malaria molecular surveillance at epidemiologically- and operationally-relevant time scales. These technological advances have led to the development of novel bioinformatic approaches, statistical methods, and analytical pipelines to handle the complex and vast amounts of genomic data generated.

This Research Topic aims to showcase the latest advances in genetic and genomic approaches for malaria surveillance and consolidate the collective interdisciplinary knowledge and experiences of those working in this field. By bringing together researchers from diverse disciplines working in different epidemiological settings to contribute their insights, findings, and methodologies, we hope to bridge the gap between traditional malaria surveillance methods and genomic surveillance, underscoring its potential for improved control and elimination strategies. This Research Topic will highlight recent developments and applications of novel sequencing methods, genotyping panels, and bioinformatic tools to support the integration of genomic data with epidemiological information and the potential for genomic surveillance to provide actionable information for national malaria control programs.


Frontiers welcomes contributions that cover a wide range of themes related to advanced genetic and genomic approaches for malaria surveillance, spanning both wet and dry labs as well as applied epidemiology and analytical tool development. We invite authors to submit original research articles, reviews, methods, perspectives, and opinion papers. We particularly encourage interdisciplinary collaborations and studies that combine genetic and genomic data with other relevant fields, such as epidemiology, entomology, statistics, modeling, and public health. 

Potential areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. Development and validation of novel sequencing techniques or genotyping panels for malaria parasites and/or vectors.
  2. Integration of genomic data with epidemiological and clinical information.
  3. Development and validation of bioinformatic tools, statistical methods, and analytical pipelines, for example, to estimate the complexity of infection.
  4. Population genomics to understand transmission dynamics and connectivity, for example, using relatedness measures such as identity-by-descent.
  5. Application of genetic and genomic surveillance for specific use cases, for example, monitoring interventions and evaluating their impact.
  6. Methodological advancements to translate genomic data into actionable information for malaria control and elimination decision-making.
  7. Advances in genomic approaches for non-P. falciparum spp. or Anopheline vectors

Topic editors:

  • Shazia Ruybal-Pesántez (Imperial College London)
  • Sarah Auburn (Menzies School of Health Research)
  • Eline Kattenberg (Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp)
  • Anita Ghansah (Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research)

Participating journals:

  • Frontiers in Genetics (Sections: Applied Genetic Epidemiology; Evolutionary and Population Genetics)
  • Frontiers in Epidemiology (Sections: Infectious Disease Epidemiology)
  • Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (Section: Evolutionary and Population Genetics)
  • Coming soon: Frontiers in Malaria (Section: Surveillance)

Read more here.

Important dates:

  1. Manuscript Summary Submission Deadline January 19, 2024
  2. Manuscript Submission Deadline May 24, 2024

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