Sonia Goncalves

Head of Service Delivery - Genomic Surveillance

Sonia is Head of Service Delivery - Genomic Surveillance in the Parasites and Microbes Programme working primarily with Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski within the framework of the Malaria Genomic Epidemiology Network - MalariaGEN (

About Sonia

Her role is to lead MalariaGEN’s service delivery operations, acountable for generating over 20K high-quality, curated parasite and vector samples per year. She provides strategic and operational management to MalariaGEN. This includes setting overall scientific strategy, establishing and managing external scientific partnerships, and overseeing internal sequencing project operations, to support the successful delivery of programme goals. Further she works to establish MalariaGEN’s role within the scientific community, provide scientifically astute point-of-contact and support to scientific and administrative partners/stakeholders; and to develop synergies with other research initiatives and programmes.

Previous work

Sonia Goncalves has a PhD in Plant Biology from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and before joining the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute held a joint position as the Centro de Biotecnologia Agrícola e Agro-Alimentar do Alentejo (CEBAL) as Head of AgroGenomics Research Group and Chief Executive Officer for the Centre.


Triple artemisinin-based combination therapies versus artemisinin-based combination therapies for uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria: a multicentre, open-label, randomised clinical trial.
van der Pluijm RWTripura RHoglund RMPyae Phyo ALek D et al.
Lancet (London, England) 
PUBMED: 32171078; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30552-3