Ana Sanchez, PhD

Professor, Health Sciences


Ana Sanchez

Office: CRN 418
905 688 5550 x4388

My work focuses on conducting primary field and laboratory research on infectious diseases, mostly tropical parasitic infections such as soil-transmitted helminths, tapeworms, pediculosis, and some intestinal apicomplexa.

Additionally, I am interested in supporting capacity building and increasing research proficiencies in developing countries.

The synergies deriving from these two lines of work have led to my involvement with national and international organizations assisting in the prioritization of research and the fair implementation of research partnerships.

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Tropical Parasitology
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Global Health Research
  • Research Capacity Strengthening
  • Member of the Pan American Organization (PAHO)’s Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR)
  • Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA
  • Board Member, One Health Research Foundation (OHRF), Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
  • Parasitology Research Group of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras

Hernández S, Gabrie JA, Rodríguez Carol Anahelka, Matamoros M, Rueda MM, Canales M, Mergl R, & Sanchez A (2020). An integrated study of Toxocara infection in Honduras: human seroepidemiology and environmental contamination in a coastal community.
Submitted for publication June 2020.

Escobar D, Ascencio K, Andrés Ortiz A, Palma A, Sánchez A, & Fontecha G (2020). Blood meal sources of Anopheles spp. in malaria endemic areas of Honduras.
Insects 2020, 11, 450.

Larkin K, Rodríguez C, Jamani S, Fronza G, Roca-Acevedo G, Sanchez A, & Toloza A (2020). First evidence of the pyrethroid resistance substitution (T917I) in head lice (Phthiraptera: Pediculidae) from Honduras.
Parasites Vectors 13, 312 (2020). DOI:

Dong T; Mansour H; Hu H; Wang, G Watson, C Yousef; Matamoros G; Sanchez A; MacNeil A; Wu P & Li F (2020). Colorimetric Polymerase Chain Reaction Enabled by a Fast Light-Activated Substrate chromogenic (FLASH) Detection Platform.
Analytical Chemistry 92.9 (2020): 6456-6461. DOI:

Fox K, Larkin K & Sanchez A (2020). Global Trends in Genetic Markers of Pediculus humanus capitis Resistance Mechanisms.
Current Tropical Medicine Reports, 15 May 2020 DOI:

Naceanceno K, Matamoros G, Gabrie JA, Bottazzi, Sanchez A & Mejia R (2020). Use of multi-parallel real-time quantitative PCR to determine Blastocystis prevalence and association with other gastrointestinal parasite infection in a rural Honduran location.
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 102(6): 1373-1375 DOI:

Palma A, Matamoros G, Escobar D, Sánchez AL, & Fontecha G (2020). Absence of mutations associated with resistance to benzimidazole in the beta-tubulin gene of Ascaris suum.
Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical. 2020;53. DOI:

Matamoros G, Rueda MM, G, Rodríguez C, Gabrie JA, Canales M, Fontecha G, & Sanchez A (2020). High endemicity of STH in a population frequently exposed to albendazole but no evidence of antiparasitic resistance.
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease. 2019 Jun;4(2):73. DOI:

Jamani S, Rodríguez C, Rueda MM, Matamoros G, Canales M, Bearman G, Stevens M & Sanchez A (2020). Head lice infestations in rural Honduras: the need for an integrated approach to control neglected tropical diseases.
International Journal of Dermatology 58(5):548-556. DOI:

Palma A, Ortiz B, Mendoza L, Matamoros G, Gabrie JA, Sanchez AL, & Fontecha G (2019). Molecular analysis of human- and pig- derived Ascaris in Honduras.
Journal of Helminthology. 2019 Mar;93(2):154-158. DOI:

Wang AG, Dong T, Mansour H, Matamoros G, Sanchez AL & Li F (2018). Paper-based molecular diagnostic device for visualized quantification of soil-transmitted helminth infection.
ACS Sensors 2018, 3, 1, 205–210 DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.7b00857

Sturrock S; Yiannakoulias N & Sanchez AL (2017). The Geography and Scale of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections.
Current Tropical Medicine Reports 2017 Dec 1;4(4):245-55. DOI:

Matamoros G, Schultz J, Fontecha GF & Sanchez AL (2017). [Persistent prevalence of infections by soil-transmitted helminths in Honduras: poverty, low efficacy of treatment and potential emergence of parasitic resistance].
Revista Investigación Clínica (Venezuela) 58(4):393-405. Article in Spanish.

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Tropical Parasites of Humans and Animals
  • Global Issues in Infectious Diseases

Brock University Award for Open Access (2019)

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Teaching award for Excellence in Teaching. Brock University (2006)