01 Early malaria detection JSJ 8JJ1318 e1638398478498

Malaria’s Spit Solution

When Rhoel Dinglasan, Ph.D., hears malaria researchers from the generation before him say that it’s impossible to eliminate the age-old mosquito-borne disease, he responds: “Let my generation try. Don’t close the door before we are even given a chance.”

Dinglasan, an associate professor of infectious diseases with UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, began his career by researching a new type of malaria vaccine and investigating target compounds for drug discovery. But after witnessing the struggles of malaria-affected families in Cameroon while conducting field work between 2011 and 2014, his path veered into improving disease detection.