I am a Wellcome Trust-funded PhD student investigating the costs and benefits of synchronised parasite replication.
One of the most glaring features of malaria infections is that all parasites burst from their host cells simultaneously every 24, 48, or 72 hours (depending on the species).
I study the evolutionary and ecological drivers that create these synchronised parasite populations. I ask whether it’s hosts or parasites who benefit from such a setup – or if in fact, coordinated replication provides advantages to both parties.
PhD in Evolutionary Biology, Immunology and Infection Research (Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health)
MSc by Research in Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health
BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (Immunology)
Wellcome Trust Four-year PhD Studentship in Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health
Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship