Christian William Wang

Christian William Wang

Associate Professor

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Personal data

Name:           Christian William Wang

Date of Birth:  March 09, 1978, Nykøbing F., Denmark

Family:           Married, one daughter

Nationality:     Danish

Private mobile Denmark: +45 22 82 57 59; Tanzania: +255 768 456 544



Work address

Centre for Medical Parasitology (CMP)

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM)

Maersk Tower 07-11, Panum Institute, Blegdamsvej 3B,  

DK-2200 Copenhagen Denmark



Total 40, incl. Nature, Cell Host & Microbe, PNAS, and EMBO Molecular Medicine. 7 first authorships (2 shared), 4 last authorships, 7 Corresponding authorships, Citations= 2550; H-index= 23, i10-index=29 (December 2022)


March 2008      MSc in Biology, Faculty of Science, UCPH, Denmark

Oct. 2012         PhD Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH, Denmark


2008 – 2009     Scientific Research Assistant, UCPH, Denmark

2009 – 2012     PhD Fellow, UCPH, Denmark

2012 – 2013     Scientific Research Assistant, UCPH and Rigshospitalet, Denmark

2013 – 2017     Postdoc, UCPH, Denmark

2017 – 2024     Associate Professor, CMP, ISIM, UCPH, Denmark


Scientific focus areas

Cellular and molecular biology, immunology, genetics, infectious diseases and interactions between malaria parasites and the human host.


Management experience

Strong experience in conducting and bridging research between field hospitals in malaria-endemic countries (including Tanzania) and state of the art molecular biology laboratories in Copenhagen since 2009.

-Course coordinator, International Perspective, International Health, 5th semester KA medicine, UCPH, encompassing “Summer Course in International Health” and “International Study Exposure – Health Provision in Tropical Africa”; coordination and supervision in Tanzania of yearly 40 Danish medical students, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, 2017 – ongoing.

-Work package leader, FFU, Predicting vector-borne disease epidemics: Dissemination of risk forecasting using District Helath Information Software2 in Tanzania, 2020-2025

-Course facilitator, teaching, supervision and research capacity building in Tanzania under the DANIDA-funded Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries program 2012 - ongoing.

-Member of the Coordinating Committee of Joint Malaria Programme, Tanzania, since 2014.

-Member of the Steering group of the PhD Network in Global Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, 2009-2012


Teaching responsibilities held in Denmark

-“Medical Microbiology”-course for medical students, The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH, Denmark, 2013

-“Human Parasitology”-course. For Parasitology students from The Faculty of Science, UCPH, Denmark. 2013, 2019

-“Malaria Control, Prevention and Elimination” – course for PhD students, The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH, Denmark, 2014


Teaching and training responsibilities held abroad

-Training in: Real time PCR, National Institute for Medical Research, Tanga Centre, Tanzania, 2009

-Establishment of “PhD Student Platform”, KCMU-Co, Moshi, Tanzania. Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries, 2011-2012

-Course facilitator: “Molecular Diagnostic of Non-Malarial Fevers”. KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania. Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries, 2012

-"Good Clinical Laboratory Practice" Course, for MSc Students, KCMU-Co, Moshi, Tanzania, 2015

-Course facilitator: “Molecular Diagnostic of Arbovirus”. KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania. Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries, 2015

-“Central laboratory building and SOP”, under the Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, 2015

-"Strengthen junior African scientist research capacity on antimalarial resistance markers in field isolates", Faculté de Médecine, UNIVERSITE CHEIKH ANTA DIOP DE DAKAR, Senegal, 2016

-Course facilitator: “Bioinformatics”. KCMU-Co, Moshi, Tanzania. Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries, 2016

-Course facilitator: “The use of next generation sequencing and bioinformatics for malaria research – the example of drug resistance”. KCMU-Co, Moshi, Tanzania. Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries, 2018

-“Pathogen Genome Sequencing Methods and Techniques”, Bioscience Research Institute, Ibn Sina University, Khartoum, Sudan, 2019


Supervision and training of students

PhD: 5 students; MMed/MSc: 8 students; BSc: 2. PhD-student: Sixbert Mkumbaye, KCMUCo, Tanzania; Jens EV Petersen, UCPH; Nancy Kassam, KCMUCo, Tanzania; Eric Lyimo, UCPH and NIMR, Tanzania, Neema Kulaya, KCMUCo. MSc: Elicia Martin, UCPH, Ashley Just. MMed: Oda Sjøvaag, Maiken Reimer, Emil Winther, Mette Brøndum Jensen, Helene Gilså Hansen, Eline Uldal. BSc: Vito Baraka, NIMR, Tanzania; BSc Anna Vaaben, UCPH.


DANIDA, BSU3-COVID19, Strengthening the capacity of (Covid-19) disease surveillance, diagnostics, vaccination programmes…2021-2024, Co-Investigator; 11,7 mio. DKK

-EDCTP, Mobilisation of funding for COVID-19 research in sub-Saharan Africa 2021/2023, Co-Investigator; 3.7 mill DKK
-AP Møller, Fonden til Lægevidenskabens Fremme, PI 2020; 20,000 DKK
-DANIDA, FFU, WP-leader, 2019/2024, Co-Investigator; 12 mill DKK
-Læge Sofus Carl Emil Friis og Hustru Olga Doris Friis Legat, 2018, PI; 620,000 DKK
-Kirsten og Freddy Johansens Fond, 2018, PI; 620,000 DKK
-Augustinus Fonden, 2017, PI; 660,000 DKK
-The Danish Council for Independent Research, 2013-2017, PI; 3.3 mill DKK

-Dr. Thorvald Madsens legat til Fremme af Lægevidenskabelig Forskning, 2014, PI; 50,000 DKK
-Dr. Thorvald Madsens legat til Fremme af Lægevidenskabelig Forskning, 2012, PI; 30,000 DKK
-Augustinus Fonden, 2011, PI; 100,000 DKK


Presentations at scientific meetings and conferences

-Danish Society of Parasitology and Danish Society of Tropical Medicine & International Health, Copenhagen 2008

-British Society of Parasitology & Malaria Meeting, Edinburgh 2009

-2nd Nordic Malaria Conference, Copenhagen 2012

-Trauma Care Foundation – Post-injury Malaria, Battambang, Cambodia 2012

-Joint Malaria Programme Annual Meeting, Moshi, Tanzania 2014

-63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, New Orleans 2014

-Speaking at Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research, Blantyre, Malawi 2015

-Speaking at Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, IMRIC Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel 2015

-Speaking at Bioscience Research Institute, Ibn Sina University, Khartoum, Sudan, 2019

Peer reviewing in international journals
Infection and Immunity, Scientific Reports, PLoS ONE, Malaria Journal, BMC Genomics, Journal of The Royal Society Interface, Tanzanian Journal of Health Research, Heliyon, Experimental Parasitology, mSphere, Disease Markers, Communication Biology, Frontiers in Microbiology-Infectious Diseases,


Laboratory Animal Science, complying with the FELASA category C requirements


International relations

Dr. Alister G. Craig, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK.

Dr. Matt Higgins, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK.

Dr. Cornelus C. Hermsen, Dept. of Medical Microbiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, The Netherlands.

Dr. Ron Dzikowski, Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Joseph D. Smith, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, USA.

Dr. John Lusingu, National Institute of Medical Research, Tanzania.

Dr. Nicaise Tuikue Ndam, UMR IRD, Universite Paris Descartes, France.

Dr. Hisashi Arase, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University, Japan

Dr. Reginald Kavishe, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, Tanzania


Scientific-unrelated work

Member and chairman of AB-Samosvej 29-35, 2006 - 2011

Caretaker for young people aged 15-20 in a 24 h Institution, Projekt-og Døgninstitution Hjulmagerstien, Copenhagen 2004-2008

Caretaker for mental and physical handicapped people, Bo og Naboskab, Nykøbing Falster 1999-2003

Military service in The Danish Royal Life Guard, Høvelte and Rosenborg Baracks, 1997-1998

Assistant in the butcher-department of Føtex, Nykøbing F., 1993-1997


Geographical footprints

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Turkey 

Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Israel, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam (2000, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2015)

North America: Canada, Mexico, USA (Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin) (2004, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018)

Central America and the Caribbean: Belize, Cuba, Guatemala (2004)

Africa: Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe (2009-2021) (+Canary Islands 1990, 1998, 2008)




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