Wellcome Sanger Institute
We use large-scale genome and transcriptome sequencing along with phenotyping to understand the biology of important parasites. 

We start with the production and analysis of high quality reference genomes. The malaria parasite P. falciparum is the gold standard for this – we have curated its genome for more than a decade – but the approach is being extended to other more neglected parasites including schistosomes and whipworms.

We then use comparisons between genomes, performed over different evolutionary scales, to address questions about parasite biology. We use draft genomes across diverse clades to survey the broad differences between parasites and finer grained comparisons between more closely related species to study the evolution of genes associated with specific clades of parasites or parasite traits.

For two exemplar helminth species – Schistosoma mansoni and Trichuris muris, representing flatworms and nematodes, we use full infection lifecycles established at the Institute to facilitate phenotyping and in-depth functional genomics studies, from which genes or proteins can be selected for detailed investigation.

Core team

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Dr Avril Coghlan

Senior Bioinformatician

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Dr James Cotton

Senior Staff Scientist

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Dr Stephen Doyle

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow & Sanger Career Development Fellow

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Dr Susanne U Franssen

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Nancy Holroyd

Samples and Partner Relationship Manager

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Dr Gabriel Rinaldi

Senior Staff Scientist

Previous team members

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Helen Beasley

Computer Biologist - Senior Genome Analyst

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Dr Hayley M. Bennett

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Karen Brooks

Computer Biologist - Senior Genome Analyst

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Dr Ulrike Böhme

Plasmodium Curator

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Dr Caroline Durrant

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Bhavana Harsha

Senior Bioinformatician

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Dr Jane Lomax

Senior Bioinformatician

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Dr Thomas D Otto

Senior Staff Scientist

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Christian Kwasi Owusu

Former PhD Student at the Sanger Institute

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Dr Adam James Reid

Senior Staff Scientist

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Dr Sascha Steinbiss

Senior Software Developer

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Alan Tracey

Senior Computer Biologist



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