Dr. Michelle Hsiang’s career is focused on improving the health of children through clinical care and the study of malaria, an infectious disease that is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in resource-limited settings. Dr. Hsiang completed her undergraduate training at Stanford University.  She received her MD at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed a residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Hsiang’s research is in the evaluation of surveillance and response strategies for malaria elimination. Specifically, she is interested in helping national malaria programs find and treat patients who are without symptoms, but are infected and serve as reservoirs for persistent transmission. She currently has field sites in Swaziland, Namibia, Thailand, and Indonesia. She is the Deputy Lead of Operational Research for the UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative, and is a member of the Malaria Elimination Group (MEG). She is funded by grants from the Horchow Family Fund for Endowed Scholars in Pediatrics at UT Southwestern, National Institutes of Health, Burroughs Wellcome Fund/American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development.

She joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in August 2014 and splits her time between clinical care, malaria research, and teaching and mentoring trainees. In September 2014, Dr. Hsiang was appointed Assistant Adjunct Professor at UT School of Public Health.


Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine (2005), Medicine
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (2008), Pediatrics
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (2012), Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Research Interest

  • Community based interventions for malaria elimination
  • Malaria diagnostics and surveillance
  • Malaria epidemiology
  • Operational research


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Subpatent malaria in a low transmission African setting: a cross-sectional study using rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) from Zambezi region, Namibia.
McCreesh P, Mumbengegwi D, Roberts K, Tambo M, Smith J, Whittemore B, Kelly G, Moe C, Murphy M, Chisenga M, Greenhouse B, Ntuku H, Kleinschmidt I, Sturrock H, Uusiku P, Gosling R, Bennett A, Hsiang MS Malar. J. 2018 Dec 17 1 480
Laboratory challenges of Plasmodium species identification in Aceh Province, Indonesia, a malaria elimination setting with newly discovered P. knowlesi.
Coutrier FN, Tirta YK, Cotter C, Zarlinda I, González IJ, Schwartz A, Maneh C, Marfurt J, Murphy M, Herdiana H, Anstey NM, Greenhouse B, Hsiang MS, Noviyanti R PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 11 12 11 e0006924
Costs and cost-effectiveness of malaria reactive case detection using loop-mediated isothermal amplification compared to microscopy in the low transmission setting of Aceh Province, Indonesia.
Zelman BW, Baral R, Zarlinda I, Coutrier FN, Sanders KC, Cotter C, Herdiana H, Greenhouse B, Shretta R, Gosling RD, Hsiang MS Malar. J. 2018 Jun 17 1 220
Study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled factorial design trial to assess the effectiveness and feasibility of reactive focal mass drug administration and vector control to reduce malaria transmission in the low endemic setting of Namibia.
Medzihradsky OF, Kleinschmidt I, Mumbengegwi D, Roberts KW, McCreesh P, Dufour MK, Uusiku P, Katokele S, Bennett A, Smith J, Sturrock H, Prach LM, Ntuku H, Tambo M, Didier B, Greenhouse B, Gani Z, Aerts A, Gosling R, Hsiang MS BMJ Open 2018 Jan 8 1 e019294
Is there a correlation between malaria incidence and Indoor Residual Spraying coverage in Western Zambezi Region, Namibia?
Mumbengegwi D, Sturrock H, Hsiang M, et al. Public Health Action 2018 8 1 S44-S49(6)
Reply to Rossi et al.
Hsiang MS, Ranadive N, Chitundu S, Ntshalintshali N, Greenhouse B Clin. Infect. Dis. 2017 Oct 65 10 1770-1771
Limitations of Rapid Diagnostic Testing in Patients with Suspected Malaria: A Diagnostic Accuracy Evaluation from Swaziland, a Low-Endemicity Country Aiming for Malaria Elimination.
Ranadive N, Kunene S, Darteh S, Ntshalintshali N, Nhlabathi N, Dlamini N, Chitundu S, Saini M, Murphy M, Soble A, Schwartz A, Greenhouse B, Hsiang MS Clin. Infect. Dis. 2017 May 64 9 1221-1227
Low-Quality Housing Is Associated With Increased Risk of Malaria Infection: A National Population-Based Study From the Low Transmission Setting of Swaziland.
Dlamini N, Hsiang MS, Ntshalintshali N, Pindolia D, Allen R, Nhlabathi N, Novotny J, Kang Dufour MS, Midekisa A, Gosling R, LeMenach A, Cohen J, Dorsey G, Greenhouse B, Kunene S Open Forum Infect Dis 2017 4 2 ofx071
Malaria risk factor assessment using active and passive surveillance data from Aceh Besar, Indonesia, a low endemic, malaria elimination setting with Plasmodium knowlesi, Plasmodium vivax, and Plasmodium falciparum.
Herdiana H, Cotter C, Coutrier FN, Zarlinda I, Zelman BW, Tirta YK, Greenhouse B, Gosling RD, Baker P, Whittaker M, Hsiang MS Malar. J. 2016 15 468
Mapping residual transmission for malaria elimination.
Reiner RC, Le Manach A, Kunene S, Ntshalintshali N, Hsiang MS, Perkins TA, Greenhouse B, Tatem AJ, Cohen JM, Smith DL Elife 2015 Dec 4


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Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Mentor Award Nominee
    UCSF Global Health Sciences Masters Program (2014)
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Fellowship Award
    Burroughs Wellcome Fund (2012)
  • Melvin M. Grumbach Award for Excellence in Research by a UCSF Pediatric Fellow
  • NIH/NIAID K23 Mentored Career Development Award
  • Fellow Clinical Research Award
    Society for Pediatric Research (2011)
  • Fellowship Award
    Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) (2008)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Fellow, Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) (2014)
  • Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) (2009)
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) (2009)
  • Malaria Elimination Group (MEG) (2008)
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) (2006)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (2005)