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Prof. Rashid Ansumana
Dean Elect-School of Community Health Sciences
  • Is a research scientist with 16 years of teaching and research experience and 10 years of administrative experience.
  • Has up to sixty research publications in ISI journals with 49 on Pubmed
  • Curriculum development experience-Wrote first drafts of the MPH and EMQC programmes.
  • Is a dynamic and versatile scientist with extensive analytical and technical skills that would benefit any organisation.
  • Proven history of team work and collaboration
  • Expertise in microbial and multi-drug resistance identification
  • Has experience using innovative methods for advances in public health monitoring in resource poor settings
  • Experience with hemorrhagic fever viruses in Sierra Leone
  • Experience with malaria in Sierra Leone
  • Has  research experience on neglected tropical diseases in Sierra Leone
  • Has editorial experience and serves as editor for several international journals including PLOS One, BMC Public Health, BMC Health Research Services and  the Sierra Leone Journal of Biomedical Research
  • Is a member of the UK Research and Innovation College
  • Reviewer for the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership(EDCTP)
  • A member of the African Journal Partnership Program(AJPP)
  • A member of the Council of Science Editors(CSE)
Prof. Rashid Ansumana
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B Sc. Ed. (Bio)
M Sc. PhD (Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK).

Research Interest: infectious diseases: non-malarial fevers, malaria, viral hemorrhagic fevers, antimicrobial resistance; diagnostics

Selected Publications

1) Microbial and Multi-drug Resistance Identification

  1. Leski TA, Ansumana R, Jimmy DH, Bangura U, Malanoski AP, Lin B, Stenger DA. Massively multiplexed microbial identification using resequencing DNA microarrays for outbreak investigation. Proc. Of SPIE 2011; 8029 802904-4.
  2. Chris Rowe Taitt, Tomasz Leski, David Stenger, Gary J. Vora, LCDR Brent House, Matilda Nicklasson, CDR Guillermo Pimentel, Daniel V. Zurawski, CPT Benjamin C. Kirkup, COL David Craft, MAJ Paige E. Waterman, COL Emil P. Lesho, Umaru Bangura, Rashid Ansumana. Antimicrobial Resistance Determinant Microarray for Analysis of Multi-Drug Resistant Isolates. (Proceedings of SPIE, May, 2012).
  3. Leski TA, Bangura U, Jimmy DH, Ansumana R, Lizewski SE, Stenger DA, Taitt CR, Vora GJ. Multidrug-resistant tet(X)-containing hospital isolates in Sierra Leone. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2013 Jul;42(1):83-6.
  4. Leski TA, Bangura U, Jimmy DH, Ansumana R, Lizewski SE, Li RW, Stenger DA, Taitt CR, Vora GJ. Identification of blaOXA-51-like, blaOXA-58, blaDIM-1 and blaVIM carbapenemase genes in hospital Enterobatereriaceae isolates from Sierra Leone. J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Jul;51(7):2435-8.

2) Innovative Methods for advances in Public Health Monitoring in Resource Poor Settings

  1. Ansumana R, Malanoski AP, Bockarie AS, Sundufu AJ, Jimmy DH, Bangura U, Jacobsen KH, Lin B, Stenger DA. Enabling methods for community health mapping in developing countries. Int J Health Geogr. 2010 Oct 29;9:56.
  2. Ansumana R, Bockarie AS, Sankoh P, Jacobsen KH, Koroma AB, Malanoski AP, Meehan KA, Leski T, Jimmy DH, Bangura U, Sahr F, Lin B, Stenger DA. The use of mobile electronic devices for public health data collection and syndromic surveillance in Africa. Sierra Leone Journal of Biomedical Research. 2013 Apr; 5(1):8-14.
  3. Hillson R, Alejandre JD, Jacobsen KH, Ansumana R, Bockarie AS, Bangura U, Lamin JM, Malanoski AP, Stenger DA. Methods for determining the uncertainty of population estimates derived from satellite imagery and limited survey data: a case study of Bo city, Sierra Leone. PLoS One. 2014 Nov 14; 9(11):e112241.
  4. Leski TA, Ansumana R, Malanoski AP, Jimmy DH, Bangura U, Barrows BR, Alpha K, Koroma BM, Long NC, Sundufu AJ, Bockarie AS, Lin B, Stenger DA. Leapfrog diagnostics: demonstration of a broad spectrum pathogen identification platform in a resource-limited setting. Health Res Policy Syst. 2012 Jul 4;10:22.

3) Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses in Sierra Leone

  1. Ansumana R, Bonwitt J, Stenger DA, Jacobsen KH. Ebola in Sierra Leone: a call for action. Lancet. 2014 Jul 26; 384(9940):303.
  2. Leski TA, Ansumana R, Taitt CR, Lamin JM, Bangura U, Lahai J, Mbayo G, Kanneh MB, Bawo B, Bockarie AS, Scullion M, Phillips CL, Horner CP, Jacobsen KH, Stenger DA. Use of the FilmArray System for Detection of Zaire ebolavirus in a Small Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone. J Clin Microbiol. 2015 Jul;53(7):2368-70.
  3. Ansumana R, Jacobsen KH, Sahr F, Idris M, Bangura H, Boie-Jalloh M, Lamin JM, Sesay S. Ebola in Freetown area, Sierra Leone--a case study of 581 patients. N Engl J Med. 2015 Feb 5; 372(6):587-8.
  4. Leski TA, Stockelman MG, Moses LM, Park M, Stenger DA, Ansumana R, Bausch DG, Lin B. Sequence variability and geographic distribution of Lassa virus, Sierra Leone. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Apr;21(4):609-18.

4) Malaria in Sierra Leone

  1. Ranasinghe S, Ansumana R, Lamin JM, Bockarie AS, Bangura U, Buanie JA, Stenger DA, Jacobsen KH. Attitudes toward home-based malaria testing in rural and urban Sierra Leone. Malar J. 2015 Feb 15; 14:80.
  2. Ranasinghe S, Ansumana R, Lamin JM, Bockarie AS, Bangura U, Buanie JA, Stenger DA, Jacobsen KH. Herbs and herbal combinations used to treat suspected malaria in Bo, Sierra Leone. J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 May 26; 166:200-4.
  3. Ansumana R, Jacobsen KH, Gbakima A, Hodges MH, Lamin JM, Leski TA, Malanoski AP, Lin B, Bockarie MJ, Stenger DA. Presumptive self-diagnosis of malaria and other febrile illnesses in Sierra Leone. Pan African Medical Journal. 2013 May 26; 15:34.
  4. Shamika Ranasinghe, Rashid Ansumana, Alfred S. Bockarie, Umaru Bangura, David Henry Jimmy, David A. Stenger, and Kathryn H. Jacobsen. Child bednet use before, during, and after a bednet distribution campaign in Bo, Sierra Leone. Malar J. 2015 Nov 18; 14(1):462.

5) Wuchereria bancrofti and lymphatic filariasis in Sierra Leone

  1. de Souza DK, Ansumana R, Sessay S, Conteh A, Koudou B, Rebollo MP, Koroma J, Boakye DA, Bockarie MJ. The impact of residual infections on Anopheles-transmitted Wuchereria bancrofti after multiple rounds of mass drug administration. Parasit Vectors. 2015 Sep 24; 8:488.
  2. Dome M, Ansumana R, Covington AL, Rebollo MP, Sesay S, Jacobsen KH, de Souza DK, Koudou BG, Michael E, Bockarie MJ. Lymphedema in a 7-year-old boy infected with Wuchereria bancrofti in Sierra Leone: a case report. Acta Trop. 2014 Jun; 134:13-6.
  3. de Souza DK, Sesay S, Moore MG, Ansumana R, Narh CA, Kollie K, Rebollo MP, Koudou BG, Koroma JB, Bolay FK, Boakye DA, Bockarie MJ. No evidence for lymphatic filariasis transmission in big cities affected by conflict related rural-urban migration in Sierra Leone and Liberia. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2014 Feb 6;8(2):e2700.