Professor David Conway
David runs a research group in London conducting population genetic, experimental and epidemiological studies of malaria parasites. He works with colleagues in several countries in West Africa, as well as Kenya and Malaysia. He was based in The Gambia for several years where he also studied other aspects of malaria, and has previously worked on other infectious diseases including trachoma and strongyloidiasis. He has published over 180 research articles (Google Scholar Citations).
David co-ordinates an MSc module on 'Pathogen Genomics' in the Summer Term. He previously developed an MSc module entitled 'Genetics of Pathogens and Vectors' and ran this for 9 years, and has also taught on the Study Units 'Genetic Epidemiology', and 'Immunology of Parasitic Infections', and on the Distance Learning module on Malaria. He has taught externally at UCL and on two BBSRC residential Summer Schools. He has supervised MSc research projects at LSHTM, and supervised BSc projects of students from Imperial College, UCL, and Guy's Hospital. He currently supervises 2 PhD students, and has previously supervised 10 PhDs at LSHTM and co-supervised 4 registered elsewhere.
David leads a research group with a focus on malaria, and is particularly interested in: (i) the effects of natural selection on parasite antigens that are the targets of protective immune responses, (ii) the effects of different epidemiological situations on parasite population genetic structures, (iii) naturally acquired immune responses and their relevance to protection, (iv) erythrocyte invasion phenotypes of merozoites.
Between 2005 and 2010 he was Head of the Malaria Research Programme at the MRC Laboratories in The Gambia, where he led work supported by grants from the MRC and several other funders. He has held 17 research grants at LSHTM (8 from the Wellcome Trust, 4 from the MRC, 3 from the EU including one from the ERC, and 2 from the Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust).