Maia A. Rabaa
University Research Lecturer; Head of Molecular Epidemiology
Maia Rabaa co-leads the Molecular Epidemiology research group at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where she has been based since 2012. Maia conducts research to better understand the molecular evolution and epidemiology of a variety of pathogens, using a combination of phylogenetic, epidemiological, and laboratory studies.
Her work on viral pathogens includes studies of the evolution and phylogeography of flaviviruses (especially dengue and Zika) and Rotavirus A, the genetic epidemiology of the dengue virus in relation to vaccine efficacy, and the evolution and epidemiology of viruses at the human-animal interface. Her interests in evolutionary processes have also led her to more recently focus on the evolution and spread of antimicrobial resistance in populations across Asia, especially Shigella spp., E. coli, and Salmonella Typhi, and to design experimental work to uncover the evolutionary mechanisms that drive antimicrobial resistance.
More broadly, her research interests are in the design of disease surveillance, experimental methods, and analytical methods to optimize epidemiological and evolutionary inference and provide a strong scientific basis for public health decision-making, particularly as it relates to the establishment of sustainable, evolution-proof immunization and disease control programs.
Evolutionary histories and antimicrobial resistance in Shigella flexneri and Shigella sonnei in Southeast Asia
Chung The H. et al, (2021), Communications Biology, 4
The First 100 Days of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Control in Vietnam.
Thai PQ. et al, (2021), Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 72, e334 - e342
Novel Mutation of SARS-CoV-2, Vietnam, July 2020.
Phuong HVM. et al, (2021), Emerging infectious diseases, 27
Emerging carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae sequence type 16 causing multiple outbreaks in a tertiary hospital in southern Vietnam.
Nguyen TNT. et al, (2021), Microb Genom
Colonization with Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae causes infections in a Vietnamese intensive care unit
Thuy DB. et al, (2021), Microbial Genomics, 7
The Natural History and Transmission Potential of Asymptomatic Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Infection
Van Vinh Chau N. et al, (2020), Clinical Infectious Diseases, 71, 2679 - 2687
Gallbladder carriage generates genetic variation and genome degradation in Salmonella Typhi
Thanh Duy P. et al, (2020), PLOS Pathogens, 16, e1008998 - e1008998
Pig Exposure and Health Outcomes in Hospitalized Infectious Disease Patients in Vietnam
Robertson G. et al, (2020), EcoHealth, 17, 28 - 40
Commensal Escherichia coli are a reservoir for the transfer of XDR plasmids into epidemic fluoroquinolone-resistant Shigella sonnei
Thanh Duy P. et al, (2020), Nature Microbiology, 5, 256 - 264
Genetic diversity of SARS-CoV-2 and clinical, epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19 patients in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Nguyen TT. et al, (2020), PloS one, 15