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ICMR-NIMR Field Unit: Panaji, Goa

The Field Unit (FU) of ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research at Panaji was established on 6th Sept. 1989. The main objective of this FU was to control malaria in Goa bysituational analysis, research evidenceand demonstration of control of malaria in Panaji from 1989-92 and Candolim PHC 1994-1995 by bio-environmental methods. The FU has assisted State National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme (NVBDCP) in framing suitable bye-laws for vector control, preferential diagnosis and treatment of malaria in high risk groups and in the amendment of existing bye-laws in the Goa Public Health Act. The FU also provides training to Health Officers, Medical Officers and Senior Supervisory staff of the Directorate of Health Services, Goa.

The FU is currently involved in basic and applied research related to malaria. The ongoing research activities of FU include study of malaria vector bionomics in Goa to facilitate effective vector control strategies,studies on the changing behavior of mosquito vectors such as feeding and resting behavior and population dynamics in persistent transmission areas under different phases (categories) of malaria elimination, periodical assessment of malaria vectors susceptibility to commonly used insecticides and isolation, characterization and bio-assays of indigenous strains of mosquito-pathogenic Bacilli for vector control.

The National Institute of Health (NIH), USA funded study is being currently executed with the aim to understand current associations of human malaria parasites and their natural vectors in India. Comprehensive vector monitoring of vector population carried out in representative malarious areas of Goa will aid in source reduction/elimination of breeding places.

Over all FU Goais supporting the state NVBDCP in elimination of malaria in the state.

Research Staff

Research Staff

  1. Ajeet Kumar Mohanty, Assistant Research Scientist & Officer In-Charge
  2. Maria Flavia DeSouza, Lab Technician
  3. Sushma Vijayanand Bhingi, Lab Technician
Ongoing Research Projects

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Juvenile Hormone Mediated Immune Suppression and its Potential Antiplasmodial Effects in Malaria Mosquito Anopheles stephensi.
  2. Studies on bionomics of vectors in relation to transmission and control/elimination of malaria in the state Goa.
  3. A study on asymptomatic and low-density malaria parasite infection in community and its transmission potential in Goa.
  4. Malaria Evolution at South Asia-International Centers for Excellence in Malaria Research (MESA-ICEMR).
Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

  1. Pereira MH, Mohanty AK, Garg S, Tyagi S, Kumar A. Characterization of midgut microbiome of Anopheles stephensi Liston. J Vector Borne Dis. 2021 Jan-Mar; 58(1):74-84.
  2. Mohanty AK, de Souza C, Harjai D, Ghavanalkar P, Fernandes M, Almeida A, Walke J, Manoharan SK, Pereira L, Dash R, Mascarenhas A, Gomes E, Thita T, Chery L, Anvikar AR, Kumar A, Valecha N, Rathod PK, Patrapuvich R. Optimization of Plasmodium vivax sporozoite production from Anopheles stephensi in South West India. Malar J 18;20(1):221.
  3. 3. Vaigankar DC, Dubey SK, Mujawar SY, Mohanty AK. Halomonas Venusta Mediated Detoxification and Biotransformation of Selenite Into Selenium Nanoparticles Exhibiting Various Biomedical Applications. Research Square; 2020. DOI: 10.21203/
  4. Dey G, Mohanty AK, Sreenivasamurthy SK, Kumar M, Kumar A, Prasad TSK (2020). Proteomics dataset of adult Anopheles Stephensi female brain. Data in Brief. 32:106243
  5. Almeida J, Mohanty AK, Dharini N, Hoti SL, Kerkar S, Kumar A. (2020). A report on novel mosquito pathogenic Bacillus Spp. isolated from a beach in Goa, India. International Journal of Mosquito Research 2020; 7(2): 21-29.
  6. Kumar A, Chaturvedi H, Mohanty AK, Sharma SK, Malhotra MS, Pandey A (2020) Surveillance based estimation of burden of malaria in India, 2015-2016. Malaria Journal.19(1):156
  7. Almeida J, Mohanty AK, Kerker S, Kumar A (2020) Current Status and future prospects of Bacilli based vector control'. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine 2020; 13(12): 525-534.
  8. Mohanty A K, Dey G, Kumar M, Sreenivasamurthy S K, Garg S, Prasad TSK, Kumar A. Proteome data of female Anopheles stephensi antennae. Data in Brief 24 (2019) 103911.
  9. A Kumar (2019). Some considerable issues concerning malaria elimination in India. Journal of Vector Borne Diseases. 56; 25-31.
  10. Rahi M, Das P, Jambulingam P, Vijayachari P, Das A, Pati S, Narain K, Kumar A, Gangakhedkar RR, Dhingra n, Valecha N (2019). ICMR research initiatives enabling malaria elimination in India. Journal of Vector Borne Diseases. 56; 1-3.
  11. Mohanty AK, Nina PB, BallavS, Vernekar S, Parkar S, D’souza M, Zuo W, Gomes E, Chery L, Tuljapurkar S, Valecha N, Rathod PK, Kumar A (2018) Susceptibility of wild and colonized Anopheles stephensi to Plasmodium vivax infection. Malaria Journal June 2018; 17:225
  12. Mohanty A K, Dey G, Kumar M, Sreenivasamurthy S K, Garg S, Prasad TSK, Kumar A. (2018) Mapping Anopheles stephensi midgut proteome using high-resolution mass spectrometry. Data in Brief 17 (2018) 1295–1303.
  13. Kumar M, Mohanty AK, Dey G, Sreenivasamurthy SK, Kumar A, Prasad K.(2019) Dataset on fat body proteome of Anopheles stephensi Liston. Data in Brief. 22 1068-1073.
  14. Dey G, Mohanty AK, Sreenivasamurthy SK, Kumar M, Prasad T.S.K, Kumar A. (2018) Proteome data of Anopheles stephensi salivary glands using high-resolution mass spectrometry analysis Journal. Data in Brief 21: 2554-2561
  15. Sreenivasamurthy SK,Dey G, Kumar M, Mohanty AK, Kumar A, Prasad T.S.K. (2018) Quantitative proteome of midgut, Malpighian tubules, ovaries and fat body from sugar-fed adult An. stephensi mosquitoes. Data in Brief. 20: 1861–1866 DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2018.08.189.
  16. Dey G, Mohanty AK, Kumar M, Sreenivasamurthy SK, Patil A H, Prasad T.S.K, Kumar K. (2018) Proteome data of Anopheles stephensi ovary using high-resolution mass spectrometry. Data in Brief. 20:723-731
  17. Dey G, Mohanty AK, Kumar M, Sreenivasamurthy SK, Kumar A, Prasad TSK.(2018) Proteome data of Anopheles stephensi hemolymph using high resolution mass spectrometry. Data in Brief.18 (2018) 1441–1447.

Address and contact details of Field Unit

ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research Field Unit
Directorate of Health Services Building, Campal
Panaji, Goa Pin 403 001, India
Phone: +91-832-2222444, 2992633
Email: nimrfugoa[at]

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