Dr Roberto Amato

Senior Staff Scientist

I'm a population geneticists interested in the emergence and evolution of complex phenotypes in Plasmodium.

My current work is centred on the population genetics of malaria parasites, and in particular on the analysis of Plasmodium genomic diversity in natural settings. The primary focus is on the combination of theoretical and empirical methods to characterize and understand the evolution of the parasite and its clinical consequences such as the emergence of drug resistance. The ultimate goal is to create a framework where genomic data can be used to identify relevant changes in the parasite populations, to predict their evolutionary trajectory and, ultimately, to guide public health interventions.

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