Chris Delgado Ratto

Postdoctoral researcher

Publications in peer-reviewed journals


  1. Makenga, G et al. (2020). Prevalence of malaria parasitaemia in school-aged children and pregnant women in endemic settings of sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Parasite Epidemiology and Control, Volume 11, 2020, e00188, ISSN 2405-6731,
  2. Siewe Fodjo, et al. (2020). Mass masking as a way to contain COVID-19 and exit lockdown in low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Infection, 2020.
  3. Baraka V1, Delgado-Ratto, C1, et al. (2017). Different origin and dispersal of sulfadoxine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum haplotypes between Eastern Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2016.12.007 (1equal contribution).
  4. Delgado-Ratto, C., et al. (2016). "Population Genetics of Plasmodium vivax in the Peruvian Amazon." PLoS Negl Trop Dis 10(1): e0004376.
  5. Muhindo Mavoko, H., et al. (2016). "Uncomplicated Clinical Malaria Features, the Efficacy of Artesunate-Amodiaquine and Their Relation with Multiplicity of Infection in the Democratic Republic of Congo." PLoS One 11(6): e0157074.
  6. Hong, N. V., et al. (2016). "Population Genetics of Plasmodium vivax in Four Rural Communities in Central Vietnam." PLoS Negl Trop Dis 10(2): e0004434.
  7. Baraka, V., et al. (2015). "In Vivo Selection of Plasmodium falciparum Pfcrt and Pfmdr1 Variants by Artemether-Lumefantrine and Dihydroartemisinin-Piperaquine in Burkina Faso." Antimicrob Agents Chemother 59(1): 734-737.
  8. Delgado-Ratto, C., et al. (2014). "Population structure and spatio-temporal transmission dynamics of Plasmodium vivax after radical cure treatment in a rural village of the Peruvian Amazon." Malar J 13: 8.
  9. Van den Eede, P., et al. (2011). "Plasmodium vivax sub-patent infections after radical treatment are common in Peruvian patients: results of a 1-year prospective cohort study." PLoS One 6(1): e16257.
  10. Van den Eede, P., et al. (2010). "Multilocus genotyping reveals high heterogeneity and strong local population structure of the Plasmodium vivax population in the Peruvian Amazon." Malar J 9: 151.
  11. Grande, T., et al. (2007). "A randomised controlled trial to assess the efficacy of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine for the treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria in Peru." PLoS One 2(10): e1101.


2019. PhD thesis: "Exploring the population genetics and transmission dynamics of Plasmodium vivax and its influence on the epidemiology of malaria in the Peruvian Amazon". Doctor in Medical Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

2018. MSc Thesis: "Factors associated to malaria infection in the Peruvian Amazon". Master in Epidemiology, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

2010. MSc thesis: “Dynamics of Plasmodium vivax infections in a cohort of Peruvian patients treated with chloroquine and primaquine”. Master in Molecular Biology, Free University of Brussels, Belgium.

2007Licentiate thesis: “Genetic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum and its association with the complexity of infection, seasonal transmission and host age in an endemic area, Iquitos-Peru”. Licentiate in Biology, Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Lima-Peru.



Sep 2012 – May 2019 Universiteit Antwerpen PhD in Medical Sciences Antwerp, Belgium
Sep 2016 - June 2020 Universiteit Antwerpen MSc. in Epidemiology Antwerp, Belgium
Sep 2008 – Sep 2010 Vrije Universiteit Brussel MSc. in Molecular Biology Brussels, Belgium
Jan 2006 – Dec 2007 Universidad Nacional Federico Villareal Licentiate in Biology Lima, Peru
Mar 2001 – Dec 2005 Universidad Nacional Federico Villareal Bachelor in Biology. Lima, Peru


Awards & Grants

Mar 2020 - Dec 2020

Grant Ministry of Education of Peru: Origin and dispersion of mutations associated with resistance to antimalarial drugs in the Peruvian Amazon. Collaborative project (research & capacity building): Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana, UAntwerp (Belgium), and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru). 

Jan 2018 - Dec 2021

Grant VLIR-UOS: Joint efforts for the Elimination of Malaria in the Peruvian Amazon. Collaborative project UAntwerp (Belgium), Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru).

Mar 2016 - Dec 2017

Joint project to strength research skills on molecular epidemiology and to uncover malaria transmission features relevant for its control in the Peruvian Amazon. Collaborative project UAntwerp (Belgium), Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru).

Feb 2016

Scholarship: Travel Grant awarded as invited speaker by the International Conference Molecular approaches to Malaria held in Lorne, Australia

Jul 2015

Scholarship: International mobility grant awarded by FWO (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek-Vlaanderen, Belgian governmental institution) to attend the “Workshop on Molecular Evolution” to be held in Woods Hole, MA, USA.

May 2015

Scholarship: Travel grant as invited speaker awarded by the 5th International Conference of Research on Plasmodium vivax Malaria held in Bali, Indonesia (19-22 May, 2015).

Dec 2012

Award: Poster prize awarded at the Colloquium “Pathogens’ Survival Strategies”, Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. Belgium, 2012

Mar 2010

Award: Nominee for the Prize of Belgian Development Cooperation 2010 “Biodiversity and environment for improved livelihoods”, Tervuren, Belgium.

Oct 2008

Scholarship: VLIR-OUS full-scholarship for Master in the Free University of Brussels (Belgium)

Aug 2007

Award: Best Poster Award given by American Society for Microbiology. II Latin American Student Congress on Microbiology and Parasitology and III Peruvian Student Congress on Microbiology and Parasitology. Ica, Peru.  Bendezu J, Delgado C, D’Alessandro U, Gamboa D. Mutations of the multidrug resistance gene of Plasmodium falciparum under an ARTEKIN®-based therapy.

Aug 2007

Award: Award to the best basic investigation in Microbiology given by Laboratory of Mycology and Biotechnology-Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. II Latin American Student Congress on Microbiology and Parasitology and III Peruvian Student Congress on Microbiology and Parasitology. Ica, Peru.  Delgado C, Gamboa D, Torres K, Grande T, Llanos A, Carcamo C, D’Alessandro U. High diversity and low complexity of infection of Plasmodium falciparum in the Peruvian Amazon.

Sep 2006

Award: Best Oral Presentation Award given by Universidad Nacional San Cristobal de Huamanga. VII National Student Meeting of Biology. Ayacucho, Peru.  Delgado C, Neyra V, Torres K, Grande T, Llanos A, D’Alessandro U, Gamboa D. Molecular genotyping to determine recrudescence or new infection in the treatment of non-complicated malaria falciparum in Iquitos, Peru.

Teaching experience

Oct 2014–up to date Lecturer at the yearly organised course at UAntwerp: Introduction to the use of statistical packages (SPSS and Stata). International 6-week course Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Qualitative research. Global Health Insitute. University of Antwerp. Antwerp, Belgium. 

July-August 2017 Lecturer at the 3-week local course EBQ (Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Qualitative Research methods held at Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana, Iquitos-PERU and organised by UAntwerp, UPCH and UNAP.

October 2016 Lecturer at EPONGE workshop 2016 ('Epidemioloy meets Population GEnetics') held at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima-Peru and organised by UAntwerp, UPCH and UNAP.

May 2016  Invited lecturer: Short Course Applied Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious diseases. Institute of Tropical Medicine. Antwerp, Belgium.Aug 2014 Invited lecturer: Teaching "Introduction to population genetics" at the Workshop "Basics on Population Genetics" organized by the International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR) and held at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Peru.

Dec 2013 Invited lecturer: ”Latin-American training workshop on molecular epidemiology applied to infectious diseases”. The workshop was organized by the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia.Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Peru


Scientific Events (teaching & organiser)