McVean group

Jacob Almagro Garcia

Jacob Almagro Garcia

DPhil student


Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Roosevelt Dr. 
Oxford, OX3 7BN


Research summary

My research revolves around methods for fine-resolution mapping of parasite population structure (Plasmodium falciparum), demography events and the detection of recent evolutionary changes in natural populations of these parasites. I'm supervised by Gil McVean and Dominic Kwiatkowski. My main interests are population genetics and the evolutionary events that shape the emergence of drug resistance.

I had a formal training in computer science with a focus in machine learning, evolutionary algorithms and cloud computing. From there I moved towards bioinformatics and population genetics. Before moving to Oxford I spent three years working at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, building analysis and visualization tools for crunching falciparum DNA.


Miotto, O., Almagro-Garcia, J., Manske, M., et al. Multiple populations of artemisinin-resistant Plasmodium falciparum in Cambodia. Nature Genetics 45, 648-55 (2013).