Evolutionary Genomics in a Public Health Crisis - Artemisinin Resistance in Malaria
Tim Anderson (Texas Biomedical Research Institute)
Tim Anderson is a research scientist at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI) in San Antonio Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from Oxford University and a Masters in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, before moving to the University of Rochester (NY) for graduate school. Following postoctoral work in Oxford and Milan, he moved to his current position at TBRI. He has previously studied mice on Scottish islands, butterfly-ant symbioses in Australia, giant rats in Papua New Guinea, Wolbachia endosymbionts in heartworms, and roundworm transmission in Guatemela, before focusing on the genetics and evolution of malaria and schistosome parasites of humans for the last 15 years. This lecture will focus on the genetics of resistance to artemisinin, a Chinese herbal drug that is central to global strategies to eliminate malaria.