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 neglected parasitic diseases such as soil-transmitted helminths and tapeworm parasites of humans and pigs.

Additionally, I am interested in tackling bigger issues around 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 developing of research systems.

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Tropical Parasitology
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Global Health Research
  • Research Capacity Strengthening
  • Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research

Sturrock S; Yiannakoulias N & Sanchez AL (2017). The Geography and Scale of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections. Accepted for publication in Current Tropical Medicine Reports (Springer)

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. Accepted for publication Revista Investigación Clínica (Venezuela) Article in Spanish.

Gabrie JA, Rueda MM, Rodriguez C, Canales M, & Sanchez AL (2016). Immune profile of Honduran schoolchildren with intestinal parasites: the skewed response against geohelminths. Journal of Parasitology Research. Volume November 1; 2016.

Sanchez AL, Gabrie JA, Canales M, Rueda MM, Fontecha GA, Mason P, Bearman G, & Stevens M (2016). Soil-transmitted helminths, poverty and malnutrition in Honduran children living in remote rural communities. Human Parasitic Diseases. Human Parasitic Diseases 2016:8 27-35.

Zúñiga MA, Mejia RE, Sanchez AL, Sosa WH, & Fontecha GA (2015). Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency among malaria patients of Honduras: a descriptive study of archival blood samples. Malaria Journal. Malaria journal 14, no. 1 (2015): 308.

Sanchez AL, Mahoney D & Gabrie JA (2015). Interleukin-10 and soil-transmitted helminth infections in Honduran children. BMC Research Notes 2015, 8:55 2015.

Fontecha GA, Garcia K, Rueda MM, Sosa-Ochoa W, Sanchez AL, & Leiva B (2015). A PCR-RFLP method for the simultaneous differentiation of three Entamoeba species. Experimental parasitology 151 (2015): 80-83.

Gabrie JA, Rueda, MM, Canales M, Gyorkos TW & Sanchez AL (2014). School hygiene and deworming are key protective factors for reduced transmission of soil-transmitted helminths among schoolchildren in Honduras. Parasites & vectors, 7(1): 354.

Narushima M & Sanchez AL (2014). Employers’ paradoxical views about temporary foreign migrant workers’ health: a qualitative study in rural farms in Southern Ontario. International Journal for Equity in Health 13.1 (2014): 65.

Fontecha GA, Sanchez AL, Mendoza M, Banegas E & Mejia-Torres RE (2014). A four-year surveillance program for detection of Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance in Honduras. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (Rio de Janeiro). 109(4): 492-493.

Sanchez AL, Gabrie JA, Rueda MM, Mejia RE, Bottazzi ME & Canales M (2014). A scoping review and prevalence analysis of soil-transmitted helminth infections in Honduras. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 8(1): e2653.

Sanchez AL, Canales M, Enriquez L, Bottazzi ME, Zelaya AA, Espinoza VE & Fontecha GA (2013). A research capacity strengthening project for infectious diseases in Honduras: Experience and lessons learned. Global Health Action. 2013 Aug 7;6:21643.

Sanchez AL, Gabrie JA, Usuanlele MT, Rueda MM & Canales M (2013). Soil-transmitted helminth infections and nutritional status in school-age children from rural communities in Honduras. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 8;7(8):e2378.

Sanchez AL, Canales M, Enriquez L, Zelaya A, Espinoza V & Fontecha GF (2013). Research capacity strengthening in Honduras. The Lancet Global Health 1(2): e75)

Sanchez AL & Lopez V (2013). Perspectives on Global Health from the South. Chapter 10. In: An Introduction to Global Health Ethics. Edited by Ross E.G. Upshur and Andrew D. Pinto (University of Toronto). Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group) pp 130-135.

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