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Lauren M S. Cohee, MD

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Education and Training

Dr. Lauren Cohee is an Instructor of Pediatrics and faculty member in theMalaria Research Program in the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health. She received her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed residency training in pediatrics and was a chief resident in the Harriet Lane Pediatric Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Dr. Cohee completed fellowship training in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 


Dr. Cohee is a pediatric infectious disease specialist, with a primary research interest in malaria and global child health. She has conducted epidemiologic studies of malaria in Malawi since 2011. She is currently an Instructor and is supported by an NIH K23 Career Development Award. Her current research focuses on identifying reservoirs of malaria transmission and defining the burden of malaria in school-age children.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Malaria, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Global Health, School age children, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Public Health.

Highlighted Publications

Cohee LMLaufer MK. Tackling malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. Lancet Global Health.2018 Jun;6(6):e598-599. PMID: 29661636.

Cohee LM, Chilombe M, Ngwira A, Jemu S, Mathanga DP, Laufer MK. Pilot study of the addition of mass treatment for malaria to existing school-based programs to treat neglected tropical diseases. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2018 Jan;98(1):95-99. PMID: 29141763. 

Coalson JE, Walldorf JA, Cohee LM, Ismail MD, Mathanga D, Cordy RJ, Marti M, Taylor TE, Seydel KB, Laufer MK, Wilson ML. High prevalence of Plasmodium falciparum gametocyte infections in school-age children using molecular detection: patterns and predictors of risk from a cross-sectional study in southern Malawi. Malar J. 2016 Nov 4;15(1):527. PubMed PMID: 27809907; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5096312.

Walldorf JA, Cohee LM, Coalson JE, Bauleni A, Nkanaunena K, Kapito-Tembo A, Seydel KB, Ali D, Mathanga D, Taylor TE, Valim C, Laufer MK. School-Age Children Are a Reservoir of Malaria Infection in Malawi. PLoS One. 2015 Jul 24;10(7):e0134061. PubMed PMID: 26207758; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4514805.

Cohee LM, Kalilani-Phiri L, Mawindo P, Joshi S, Adams M, Kenefic L, Jacob CG, Taylor TE, Laufer MK. Parasite dynamics in the peripheral blood and the placenta during pregnancy-associated malaria infection. Malar J. 2016 Sep 21;15(1):483. PubMed PMID: 27653788; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5031282.

Additional Publication Citations

Coalson JE, Cohee LM, Buchwald AG, Nyambalo A, Kubale J, Seydel KB, Mathanga D, Taylor TE, Laufer MK, Wilson ML. Simulation models predict that school-age children are responsible for most human-to-mosquito Plasmodium falciparum transmission in southern Malawi. Malaria Journal. 2018 Apr 3;17(1):147. PMID: 29615044; PMCID: PMC5883608.

Cohee LM, Laufer MK. Malaria in Children. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2017;64(4):851-866. Pubmed PMID: 28734514

Buchwald AG, Coalson JE, Cohee LM, Walldorf JA, Chimbiya N, Bauleni A, Nkanaunena K, Ngwira A, Sorkin JD, Mathanga DP, Taylor TE, Laufer MK. Insecticide-treated net effectiveness at preventing Plasmodium falciparum infection varies by age and season. Malar J. 2017 Jan 17;16(1):32. PubMed PMID: 28095916; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5240228.

Buchwald AG, Walldorf JA, Cohee LM, Coalson JE, Chimbiya N, Bauleni A, Nkanaunena K, Ngwira A, Kapito-Tembo A, Mathanga DP, Taylor TE, Laufer MK. Bed net use among school-aged children after a universal bed net campaign in Malawi. Malar J. 2016 Feb 29;15:127. PubMed PMID: 26928321; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4770676.

Boudová S, Divala T, Mawindo P, Cohee L, Kalilani-Phiri L, Thesing P, Taylor TE, Laufer MK. The prevalence of malaria at first antenatal visit in Blantyre, Malawi declined following a universal bed net campaign. Malar J. 2015 Oct 29;14:422. PubMed PMID: 26510414; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4625940.

Boudová S, Cohee LM, Kalilani-Phiri L, Thesing PC, Kamiza S, Muehlenbachs A, Taylor TE, Laufer MK. Pregnant women are a reservoir of malaria transmission in Blantyre, Malawi. Malar J. 2014 Dec 17;13:506. PubMed PMID: 25520145; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4301453.

Cohee LM, Kalilani-Phiri L, Boudova S, Joshi S, Mukadam R, Seydel KB, Mawindo P, Thesing P, Kamiza S, Makwakwa K, Muehlenbachs A, Taylor TE, Laufer MK. Submicroscopic malaria infection during pregnancy and the impact of intermittent preventive treatment. Malaria Journal.2014 13:274. PMCID: PMC4110536.

Cohee LM, Crocetti MT,Sabath B, Kapoor S, Serwint JR. Ethnic differences in parental perceptions and management of childhood fever. Clinical Pediatrics.2010 Apr; 49(3):221-7. PMID: 19448132.

Cohee L, Mills LA, Kagaayi J, Jacobs I, Galiwango R, Ludigo J, Ssekasanvu J, Reynolds SJ. High retention and appropriate use of insecticide-treated nets distributed to HIV-affected households in Rakai, Uganda: results from interviews and home visits. Malar J. 2009 Apr 22;8:76. PubMed PMID: 19383173; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2675534.

Washington CH, Singer LM, McCaig T, Tikoduadua L, Ali ST, Fong J, Luveni J, Kyaw-Myint TO, Watson S, Russell F.  High perinatal transmission rate of Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Fiji.  Papua New Guinea Medical Journal. 2008 Mar-June; 51(1-2): 56-9. PMID: 19999310.

Singer LM, Newman RD, Diarra A, Moran AC, Huber CS, Stennies G, Sirima SB, Konate A, Yameogo M, Sawadogo R, Barnwell JW, Parise ME. Evaluation of a malaria rapid diagnostic test for assessing the burden of malaria during pregnancy. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2004 May;70(5):481-5. PubMed PMID: 15155979.

Singer LM, Mirel LB, ter Kuile FO, Branch OH, Vulule JM, Kolczak MS, Hawley WA, Kariuki SK, Kaslow DC, Lanar DE, Lal AA. The effects of varying exposure to malaria transmission on development of antimalarial antibody responses in preschool children. XVI. Asembo Bay Cohort Project. J Infect Dis. 2003 Jun 1;187(11):1756-64. PubMed PMID: 12751033.

Awards and Affiliations

Alpha Omega Alpha

Early Career Award, Thrasher Research Fund

Fellow Award, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tropical Infectious Diseases, Burroughs Wellcome Fund/American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Grants and Contracts

NIH/NIAID K23 Career Development Award "Impact of P. falciparum diversity on transmission reducing immunity"