Shrinking the Malaria Map

UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)

Michelle Hsiang

Michelle Hsiang, MD, is Deputy Lead of operational research at the UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI). Michelle is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist who provides clinical care and studies surveillance and response strategies for malaria elimination. She holds joint appointments as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas, Southwestern (UTSW) and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In her role at the MEI, she oversees a broad range of operational research projects based in low transmission settings in southern Africa and Asia. Currently active study sites include Swaziland, Namibia, Indonesia, and Thailand. The goal of her team’s work is to evaluate and improve novel strategies used by national malaria programs to find and treat asymptomatic infections that serve as reservoirs for persistent transmission. Michelle is a member of the Malaria Elimination Group (MEG), an international advisory body on malaria elimination. She helped launch and was a founding Co-Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) Secretariat.

Michelle completed her undergraduate training at Stanford University, received her MD at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed a residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UCSF. Her work is funded by grants from the Horchow Family Fund for Endowed Scholars in Pediatrics at UTSW, National Institutes of Health, Burroughs Wellcome Fund/American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Novartis Foundation.