Tom Pemberton

In-Country Training Specialist

My Role

As a member of the In-country Operations Team, serving as an In-Country Training Assistant, Tom’s focus revolves around driving the successful implementation of the laboratory protocol for Plasmodium falciparum amplicon sequencing at in-country GSU partner sites. His key responsibilities include the delivery of technical hands-on training to partners in a bespoke manner, assisting with protocol troubleshooting and continually developing comprehensive training materials. Overall, the aim of his role is to maintain a standardised laboratory practise across all in-country partner laboratories, whilst also providing a flexible and trusting service to partners when required. Tom’s role requires a deep understanding of biomolecular sciences, a drive for collaboration, and adaptability within communication skills.

My Biography

Tom began his journey into global health by completing a BSc in medical microbiology, where he participated in a research project aiming to develop novel techniques to kill Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, using phage gene products as a method of combating the increasing dangers of antimicrobial resistance. He spent an additional year growing and developing his medical, biological, and statistical knowledge by studying in Virginia, USA for a year. Following this, Tom completed his MSc in Epidemiology of Infectious Disease and Anti-microbial Resistance. Here he partook in a research project which aimed to highlight the evolutionary drive insecticides can induce on Anopheles gambiae, such as the vectors life history traits and its susceptibility to Plasmodium falciparum infections. Prior to his academic studies, Tom established his interest in working within Africa by participating in a two-month voluntary excursion to Kenya, where he participated in projects to develop local communities economically and environmentally.

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