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Professor of Protozoology, University of Bristol

Wendy Gibson is Professor of Protozoology in the School of Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on the parasitic diseases that affect humans and animals in the developing world. She uses molecular tools to investigate genetic variation to find out how different strains of parasites spread in human or animal populations. The main focus is parasitic protozoa: the trypanosomes that cause sleeping sickness in Africa and wasting diseases in livestock, which are spread by bloodsucking tsetse flies in Africa. Closer to home, Trichomonas, a sexually-transmitted parasite that is very common wherever there are humans.


  • –present
    Professor of Protozoology, University of Bristol


  • 1997 
    University of London, DSc
  • 1979 
    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, PhD
  • 1975 
    University College London, BSc Zoology