Dr. Andrea Boggild

Medical Microbiologist 
Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention


"Being able to make a provincial-level impact, as well as making a positive impact on the lives of Ontarians."

Areas of Expertise

  • tropical medicine
  • travel and migration medicine
  • parasitology
  • global health

Academic Degrees and Accreditations

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Master of Science (Parasitology), Auburn University
  • Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Gorgas Memorial Institute and the Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Alexander von Humboldt”
  • Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians of Canada, (Medical Microbiology) University of Toronto

PHO Research Interests

  • optimization of diagnostic testing in parasitology
  • malaria surveillance
  • epidemiology, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of leishmaniasis

PHO Research Activities

  • Validation of commercial enzyme immunoassays for helminth serology.
  • Evaluation of multiplex molecular platforms for rapid detection of enteric. 
  • Parasitic pathogens Optimization of molecular diagnosis of malaria.
  • Monitoring laboratory characteristics of imported malaria to Ontario (including markers of drug resistance).
  • Surveillance of illness in returned Canadian travelers via CanTravNet-Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Development of a molecular diagnostic algorithm for detection and species identification of Leishmania.
  • Investigating the role of Leishmania RNA virus-1 in the Pathogenesis of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis.
  • Discovering the spectrum of represented pathogens in febrile returned travelers.

Selected Publications

  1. Kariyawasam R, Grewal J, Lau R, Purssell A, Valencia BM, Llanos-Cuentas A, Boggild AK. Influence of Leishmania RNA virus-1 on pro-inflammatory biomarker expression in a human macrophage model of American tegumentary leishmaniasis. J Infect Dis. 2017;216(7):877-86.
  2. Purssell A, Lau R, Boggild AK. Azithromycin and doxycycline attenuation of Acanthamoeba virulence in a human corneal tissue model. J Infect Dis. 2017;215(8):1303-11.
  3. Dong MD, Karsenti N, Lau R, Ralevski F, Cheema K, Burton L, Klowak M, Boggild AK. Strongyloidiasis in Ontario: performance of diagnostic tests over a 14-month period. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2016;14(6):625-9.
  4. Phuong M, Lau R, Ralevski F, Boggild AK. Parasitologic correlates of Plasmodium ovale curtisi and Plasmodium ovale wallikeri infection. Malaria J. 2016;15(1):550.
  5. Kariyawasam R, Lau R, Eshaghi A, Patel S, Sider D, Gubbay J, Boggild AK. Spectrum of viralpathogens in blood of malaria-free ill travelers returning to Canada. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016;22(5):854-61.

View more publications by Dr. Andrea Boggild on PubMed.gov

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Updated 22 Oct 2019