Shrinking the Malaria Map

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

Sophia Hocini

Sophia Hocini, MPH, is the Lao PDR Malaria Elimination Research Partnership & Surveillance Research Program Coordinator at the UCSF Global Health Group's Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI). In her role, Sophia works to develop methods for defining specific categories of at-risk populations and detecting movement of infected people by conducting comprehensive background research and coordinating field site activities in the countries where these methods are piloted.

She supports implementation of novel surveillance and response approaches in multiple settings with the aim of developing a set of tools that identify, track, and target malaria among high-risk populations, which can be used by national malaria elimination programs. Sophia also supports the work of the Lao Center for Malariology, Parasitology, and Entomology (CMPE)-UCSF Malaria Elimination Research Partnership, which focuses on malaria elimination operational research and surveillance support.

Sophia previously provided project management, operations, and logistical support to the Vector Control team as a Program Analyst at the MEI. Prior to her time at the MEI, Sophia served in roles at Drug Strategies and People With Disabilities Foundation. Sophia holds an MPH from the UCLA School of Public Health and a BA in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.