Dr Chris Clarkson | Postdoctoral Fellow

Clarkson, Chris

An interest in the evolutionary drivers of divergence and experiencing the power of bioinformatics to test hypotheses during his undergraduate degree, led Chris to a PhD investigating speciation and the evolution of insecticide resistance in malaria vectors using whole genome sequencing. He continues this research on a pan-African scale at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, working on the Anopheles gambiae 1000 Genomes Project (Ag1000g).


  • Adaptive introgression between Anopheles sibling species eliminates a major genomic island but not reproductive isolation.

    Clarkson CS, Weetman D, Essandoh J, Yawson AE, Maslen G et al.

    Nature communications 2014;5;4248

  • Genomics and the origin of species.

    Seehausen O, Butlin RK, Keller I, Wagner CE, Boughman JW et al.

    Nature reviews. Genetics 2014;15;3;176-92

  • Contemporary evolution of resistance at the major insecticide target site gene Ace-1 by mutation and copy number variation in the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae.

    Weetman D, Mitchell SN, Wilding CS, Birks DP, Yawson AE et al.

    Molecular ecology 2015;24;11;2656-72

  • Evolving the world's most dangerous animal.

    Weetman D and Clarkson CS

    Trends in parasitology 2015;31;2;39-40

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Vector Genomics - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

PhD "Ecological genomics and speciation in malaria vector mosquitoes" - Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine


BSc Zoology - Queen Mary University of London