Senior Research Associate in Translational Genomics, University of Oxford

I'm working to develop genetic sequencing capacity for infectious disease control in Africa. This involves working with colleagues to deploy technology in country and building new software tools that translate complex genomic datasets into actionable information for malaria control. I work at the Big Data Institute at Oxford University as part of MalariaGEN, a large network of researchers from across the world, on projects involving human, malaria, and mosquito DNA.

I am also interested in using genetics to understand human history. We all have within our DNA a record of our ancestry, and I work with several groups in Oxford and elsewhere to try to use genetics to learn about history. This is fun and interesting in its own right, but it's also important from an evolutionary point of view. Uncovering the genetic relationships between populations can help us to better design and interpret genetic epidemiological studies for infectious diseases, and so has direct relevance to our work in malaria.

I enjoy writing about science, thinking about how it can be used in real world situations, and how research can be translated into policy.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Senior Research Associate in Translational Genomics, Oxford University
  • 2013–2017
    Research Associate in Statistical Genomics, Oxford University
  • 2012–2013
    Postdoctoral associate in Human Evolutionary Genetics, Oxford University

Education

  • 2012 
    University of Oxford, DPhil
  • 2006 
    Imperial College London, MRes
  • 2005 
    University of Edinburgh, BSc (Hons) Zoology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    The RGS Land Rover Bursary
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Royal Geographical Society

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society