Individual Merit Research Scientist (Band 1) and Head of the Biomedical Parasitology Group in the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum.
I am responsible for the Wolfson Wellcome Biomedical Laboratories and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for the identification and characterization of schistosomes and their snail intermediate hosts.
Socio Corrispondente of the Italian Society of Parasitology
The Bicentenary Medal of the Linnean Society in recognition of work in zoology.
Huxley Memorial Medal, Imperial College
Wright Medal, British Society for Parasitology
Honorary Foreign Member of the Slovak Society for Parasitology
Prof. Ernest M. Ungureanu Commemorative Medal Romania
1994 Editor - Advances in Parasitology.
2000 Annals of Tropical Medicine and
2002 Journal of Helminthology
2008 Parasites and Vectors (Advisory Board)
2000- 2002 Vice-President British Society for Parasitology
2002-2004 President of the British Society for Parasitology
2002-2006 External advisor to the Norwegian Centre for Biosystematics
2002-2006 Vice-President of the World Federation of Parasitologists
2006 President of the World Federation of Parasitologists
My main area of research concerns the characterization and biology of trematode parasites and their molluscan hosts. A sound knowledge of genetic diversity is essential for the implementation of successful disease control programmes, especially in Africa. My goal is to work towards a better synthesis and understanding of host parasite interactions especially of the schistosome snail model and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The driving force of evolution is particularly striking when considering the interplay between host and parasite genomes and my research seeks to explore the intricacies of these interactions in detail. I employ a multidisciplinary approach and current collaborative projects range from investigating mechanisms of parasite resistance in snails to the implementation of helminth control strategies in Africa.