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Mr Luke Brandner-Garrod

BSc MSc

Research Degree Student
Insectary Technician

Room
331a

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

My research interests include vector control via molecular techniques. I am currently undertaking a PhD at the LSHTM investigating the use of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in sand flies and triatomine bugs to induce inheritable refractoriness to their respective disease agents (Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania spp.).

Prior to my PhD, I obtained an MSc in Medical Parasitology from LSHTM (2016-17) and an upper second class BSc(Hons) in Microbiology from the Aberystwyth University (2012-2016).

Affiliations

Department of Infection Biology
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Research

During my research degree, I  aim to develop a platform to assess, introduce, and express anti-parasitic peptides mediated through CRISPR-Cas9 gene drives applicable to sand flies and triatomine bugs. Introduced traits will spread rapidly through populations leading to a new approach for interrupting transmission in both Chagas disease and leishmaniasis.

Research Area
Insects
Disease control
Vector control
Discipline
Genetics
Molecular biology
Parasitology
Vector biology
Entomology
Disease and Health Conditions
Leishmaniasis
African trypanosomiasis
Country
United Kingdom
Region
Euro area