London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

After graduating in Zoology at the University of Hull, David then did a PhD in Hull on the Molecular Biology of Giardia – an intestinal protozoan parasite. He then moved to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to use his newly acquired molecular skills to study malaria parasites. David’s research is focussed on signal transduction pathways that control the complex life cycle of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum – an organism that kills over half a million young children in Africa each year. Though most of David’s work is concerned with the fascinating cell biology of this creature, recent efforts in his lab are also aiming to discover new antimalarial drugs to both treat infected patients and to block transmission of malaria parasites to mosquitoes.