We aim to inform public health policy by tracking the emergence and spread of antimalarial drug resistance, and to accelerate vaccine development by discovering natural mechanisms of protective immunity against malaria.
Although we work mainly on malaria, the methods and tools that we are developing also have applications for other infectious diseases.
We receive core funding from the Medical Research Council to support the Centre for Genomics and Global Health, a joint research programme with the Wellcome Sanger Institute near Cambridge. We also receive funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
A large part of our work is to provide support for data-sharing networks that enable clinicians and researchers around the world to collaborate effectively on large-scale research projects. We coordinate the Malaria Genomic Epidemiology Network (MalariaGEN). We develop web databases and tools for data analysis, and we provide expertise and training in critical areas such as statistics and ethics.
Genomic epidemiology brings together many different scientific disciplines and our team comes from a wide variety of backgrounds, ranging from clinical research and ethics to mathematics and software engineering.