Myaing Myaing Nyunt, MD, MPH, PhD, has designed and led clinical and field research on malaria and malaria treatment outcomes in the United States, Zambia, Mali, China and Bangladesh. She has established and directs a rapidly growing malaria research program in Myanmar. Her team's research in Myanmar focuses on the evaluation of antimalarial treatment responses, studies of malaria and co-existing infections in pregnant women, understanding the asymptomatic malaria reservoir, developing new tools for malaria surveillance and geospatial mapping and modeling, and testing interventions to accelerate malaria elimination.
Dr. Nyunt and her team partner closely with multiple organizations in both the public and private health sectors, and with civilian and military government scientists and officials, in close cooperation with the World Health Organization and other regional partners in the Greater Mekong Subregion. In addition to their field research work, Dr. Nyunt and her colleagues have helped to establish two quality-controlled, high-throughput malaria molecular surveillance laboratories in Myanmar that have supported regional and national malaria surveys to target elimination interventions.
Dr. Nyunt is the co-principal investigator of a seven-year NIH International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research grant and principal investigator on a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other awards that support ongoing clinical and epidemiologic malaria studies in Myanmar. Her program in Myanmar also aims to strengthen and maintain political will for malaria elimination through promoting partnerships between civilian, military and ethnic health and research organizations, supported by the Gates Foundation and Open Society Foundations. Her teaching focuses on malaria and the public health aspects of clinical pharmacology for medical and public health students, and ethics and professionalism for physicians, medical students and international Institutional Review Board members.
Born and raised in Myanmar, Dr. Nyunt attended the University of Medicine-1 in Myanmar before receiving her medical degree from George Washington School of Medicine and earning MPH and PhD degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She trained in general medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and completed a fellowship in clinical pharmacology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Before joining the Duke Global Health Institute, Dr. Nyunt was an assistant professor of international health at Johns Hopkins University and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.