Dr Anna V. Protasio
This person is a member of Sanger Institute Alumni.
I started as a Ph.D. student in Matt’s group (actually the group’s first!) in Oct 2007 and have been here since then. My post-doctoral position started in July 2012.
Work interests are Parasites! Parasites! Parasites! The more cells the better and the more complex their life cycles the more enjoyable! I am mainly interested in understanding mechanisms of establishment of parasitism. I also have an interest in RNA biology, with emphasis in non-coding RNAs.
During my Ph.D. and post-doctoral positions, I have worked extensively with the parasite Schistosoma mansoni. Schistosomes are parasitic platyhelminths that infect a wide range of vertebrate animals including humans. At Sanger and among other achievements, I facilitated establishing the life cycle of this parasite, which includes two hosts and two free living stages.