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Kathryn Auckland

Research Assistant

I joined Adrian Hill’s Genetics group in 2014 having completed my postgraduate degree in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. For my postgraduate work, I undertook the first systematic genetic survey of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes ellioti) within Gashaka Gumti National Park and the surrounding areas of Southern Taraba, Nigeria.

Since joining the Hill group, I have worked on projects investigating the genetic susceptibility to infectious diseases, such as rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Pacific populations and invasive streptococcal infections within patients in the UK. Alongside these projects, I am a member of the Oceanic Genome Variation Consortium. The principal aims of this Consortium are 1) to understand the Asia-Pacific population structure, history and diversity through genome-wide genotyping and 2) to catalogue and measure genetic diversity across the Asia-Pacific region.