Tapoka T. Mkandawire | PhD Student

Mkandawire, Tapoka

PhD candidate developing in vitro models to study the role of the gut microbiome in T. trichiuria hatching and host-parasite interactions during infection.

PhD rotation projects include: 'Investigating the Effect of the Microbiome on Parasitic Worm Infection'; 'Investigating the Diversity and Spread of Pathogenic E.coli in Europe'; and 'Systematic Extracellular Protein Interaction Screens to Identify Novel Receptor-Ligand Pairs Involved in the Pathogenesis of Schistosomiasis and Malaria'

Previously MPhil in Genomics student in the Host-Microbiota Interactions Lab, investigating the population of plasmids in the gut microbiota.


  • A human gut bacterial genome and culture collection for improved metagenomic analyses.

    Forster SC, Kumar N, Anonye BO, Almeida A, Viciani E et al.

    Nature biotechnology 2019;37;2;186-192

  • Enhancing titres of therapeutic viral vectors using the transgene repression in vector production (TRiP) system.

    Maunder HE, Wright J, Kolli BR, Vieira CR, Mkandawire TT et al.

    Nature communications 2017;8;14834

Mkandawire, Tapoka
Tapoka's Timeline

Joined Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD Program

MPhil in Genomics


Joined MPhil in Genomic Science Program

BSc Hons Molecular Biology- University of Manchester