Mr Luke Brandner-Garrod
Research Degree Student
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).
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.