Thomas is a PhD Student at Imperial College London and Visiting Scientist in the Parasite Genomics group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. His research focusses on the genomics and epidemiology of schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease.
My research aims to understand how the human parasite Schistosoma mansoni, the causative agent of schistosomiasis, is responding to mass drug administration programs. To achieve this, I conducted fieldwork in Eastern Uganda in 2014 in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to test the response of parasites in primary school children to the drug praziquantel. I am in the process of sequencing parasites collected in Uganda at the Sanger Institute to test for evidence of selection across the genome. My PhD is supervised by Dr James Cotton (WTSI), Prof Joanne Webster (RVC) and Dr David Aanensen (ICL & WTSI).
I have degrees in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. My project at LSHTM focussed on diagnostics for soil transmitted helminths in Western Kenya. I have previously worked at the MRC Unit in The Gambia and on the Global Atlas of Helminth Infections.