Edwin Kamau, Ph.D.

Edwin Kamau, Ph.D.

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Edwin Kamau received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., and a master’s degree in technology management from University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), Adelphi, Md. He also completed a 2-year CPEP clinical microbiology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Calif.

Kamau is currently the Chief and Medical Director of the Microbiology Laboratory at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. His interests and clinical studies focus on new diagnostics, infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, surveillance and more.

Kamau has more than 15 years of experience conducting studies in malaria diagnostics, drug resistance, genetics and genomic and epidemiological studies. He also has experience in vaccine and drug clinical field trials and controlled human malaria infection (CHMI) studies. As the Chief of the Department of Epidemiology and Threat Assessment at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), he conducted clinical studies in sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. Army.

While in Malaria Vaccine Branch at WRAIR, he developed and evaluated new malaria parasite culture lines and conduct a CHMI. As the Director of MDR at USAMRU-K field station (in Kenya), he conducted malaria drug resistance and epidemiology studies using various tools, including efficacy trials, in vitro studies, molecular and genetic studies, bioinformatics and big data analyses.