Professor Graham Clark
in Molecular Parasitology
I joined the Department in 1996, after obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh, a PhD from the Rockefeller University in New York, and postdoctoral training at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. (Full CV)
I teach molecular biology methods and lecture on gut protozoa as part of various modules. I am also a Tutor on the Parasitology module of MSc in Infectious Diseases by Distance Learning. Following 10 years as a Programme Director, from August 2009 until September 2016 I was Taught Programme Director for the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, which meant I had oversight of teaching on all the MScs, Short Courses and modules run by the Faculty. In February 2014 I became Associate Dean of Education with responsibility for Quality, Academic Standards and Collaborative Provision across the School, andam a member of several School-level education committees.
My main interests are in the genetic diversity and evolution of gut protozoan parasites, especially Entamoeba histolytica, the agent responsible for amoebic dysentery and amoebic liver abscesses, other species of Entamoeba, and Blastocystis, an organism of uncertain pathogenicity. I was involved in the E. histolytica genome project and I run the Entamoeba Homepage. The work on Blastocystis has focussed on the link between host range and genetic variation, as well as attempting to understand the function of the mitochondrial organelle in this anaerobic organism. Genome sequencing of Blastocystis and its relative Proteromonas - both mitochondrial and nuclear - has been undertaken. My ORCID ID is 0000-0002-0521-0977