Assoc Prof Ngo Thi Hoa


Assoc Prof Ngo Thi Hoa, PhD


Head of Zoonosis Group.


Ngo Thi Hoa completed her BSc at the University of Natural Sciences in HCMC, Viet Nam and obtained her PhD, “Characterisation of SpoIVB gene in Bacillus subtilis”, in 2001 at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2002, she went to Yale University for postdoctoral training with the International Travel Fellowship from Wellcome Trust, UK. Her research focused on Toll-like receptor of innate immunity of Anopheles Gambia. In August, 2005 she returned to Viet Nam and joined the molecular microbiology group at OUCRU. Dr Ngo Thi Hoa has focused her research on emerging zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis, the opportunistic pathogen in pigs that has been identified as an important cause of bacterial meningitis in adult patients in Viet Nam. Her research interests include further understanding of infection risk of S. suis in humans via the food chain and occupational exposure in Viet Nam, and investigating the antimicrobial drug resistance and virulence and genetic diversity of S. suis isolated from humans and pigs.

She currently supervises PhD, MSc and BSc students and research assistants. Her research lately involves collaboration with the Sub Department of Animal Health and Preventive Medicine centers in Ho Chi Minh City and several provinces to investigate the prevalence of S.suis carriage and infection in pigs and humans, antimicrobial resistance in other bacterial zoonotic pathogens, as well as circulation of other zoonotic pathogens in animal exposure communities and animal populations in Viet Nam.


Dr Ngo Thi Hoa has published more than 30 articles in international journals. Key articles are listed below:

Hoa NT, Chieu TTB, Dung SD, Long NT, Hieu TQ, Luc NT, et al. Streptococcus suis and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, Vietnam.Emerg Infect Dis. Feb 2013;19. PMID: 23343623

Hoa NT, Chieu TTB, Nga TTT, Dung NV, Campell J, Tho HH, et al. Slaughterhouse pigs are a major reservoir of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 capable of causing human infection in southern Vietnam. PLoS One. 2011 Mar 28;6(3):e17943. ISSN: 1932-6203. PMID: 21464930

Hoa NT, Chieu TT, Nghia HD, Mai NT, Anh PH, Wolbers M, et al. The antimicrobial resistance patterns and associated determinants in Streptococcus suis isolated from humans in southern Vietnam, 1997-2008. BMC Infect Dis. 2011 Jan 6;11:6. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-11-6. PMID: 21208459

Nghia HD, Hoa NT, Linh le D, Campbell J, Diep TS, Chau NV, et al. Human case of Streptococcus suis serotype 16 infection. Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Jan;14(1):155-7. doi: 10.3201/eid1401.070534. ISSN: 1080-6040 PMID: 18258097

Mai NT*, Hoa NT*, Nga TV, Linh LD, Chau TT, Sinh DX, et al. Streptococcus suis Meningitis in Adults in Viet Nam. Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Mar 1;46(5):659-67. doi: 10.1086/527385. ISSN: 1058-4838 (*Authors contribute equally). PMID: 19413493


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