Dr Anna V. Protasio | Postdoctoral Fellow

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Protasio, Anna V.

I started as a Ph.D. student in Matt's group (actually the group’s first!) in Oct 2007 and have been here since then. My post-doctoral position started in July 2012.

Work interests are Parasites! Parasites! Parasites! The more cells the better and the more complex their life cycles the more enjoyable! I am mainly interested in understanding mechanisms of establishment of parasitism. I also have an interest in RNA biology, with emphasis in non-coding RNAs.

During my Ph.D. and post-doctoral positions, I have worked extensively with the parasite Schistosoma mansoni. Schistosomes are parasitic platyhelminths that infect a wide range of vertebrate animals including humans. At Sanger and among other achievements, I facilitated establishing the life cycle of this parasite, which includes two hosts and two free living stages.


  • Comparative study of transcriptome profiles of mechanical- and skin-transformed Schistosoma mansoni schistosomula.

    Protasio AV, Dunne DW and Berriman M

    PLoS neglected tropical diseases 2013;7;3;e2091

  • A systematically improved high quality genome and transcriptome of the human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni.

    Protasio AV, Tsai IJ, Babbage A, Nichol S, Hunt M et al.

    PLoS neglected tropical diseases 2012;6;1;e1455

Career/Research Highlights

Protasio, Anna V.