Luke Lythgoe

Communications Specialist

Luke is focused on finding and telling the stories of the Genomic Surveillance Unit (GSU) and its work within the MalariaGEN network and with other infectious diseases. The content he produces is primarily long-form, public-facing writing, and aims to build a sense of global community around the work of the GSU and highlight the accomplishments of the GSU and its partners.

Luke has a master’s degree in investigative journalism, and a background in political and environmental campaign communications. He has no formal background in science, apart from a passion for sharing stories and helping explain the technologies that are changing our world.

Joining the Wellcome Sanger Institute in 2021 as Communications Officer for the Tree of Life Programme, Luke moved into the role of Communications Specialist in the Genomic Surveillance Unit in 2023. He could not do his work without the contributions of scientific, communications and other professional partners across the globe – so if you have a gripping tale to tell about genomic surveillance, get in touch!

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