Dr Francisco Olmo
BSc MSc PhD
Currently I hold a fixed-term post as an Assistant Professor at the Infection Biology Department, within the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I obtained both degrees in Biochemistry and Biology at the University of Granada (Spain), followed by a MSc in Biotechnology from the Institute of Biotechnology of Granada. In 2015, I completed my PhD in Clinical Medicine and Public Health from the University of Granada. After a short postdoc stay in Rick Taleton’s Lab at the University of Georgia (USA), I undertook further postdoc work on mechanisms of resistance in Trypanosoma cruzi against drugs in John Kelly’s lab at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine sponsored by the Fundación Alfonso Martín-Escudero and the Tres Cantos Open Lab Foundation (cofounded by Marie Curie People Programme). In September 2018, I was awarded with a promotion to Assistant Professor supported by the Welcome ISSF Fellowship, from where I have leaded the discovery of a new highly efficient chemical-mediated transfection technique that is applicable to cell types ranging from bacteria to mammals. This approach has the potential to become a multidisciplinary game changer by allowing high-throughput genome-wide editing.
Currently, building in all above, I have expanded my work to approach to the field of host-parasite interactions. Precisely, as Co-investigator in the MRC grant “Understanding the molecular basis and role of parasite dormancy in Chagas disease” we aim to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that allow T. cruzi to persist life-long in the mammalian host.
During all my academic education stages I have done multiple exchange programmes and trainings in international recognised Universities. As undergrad I did one academic year at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Summer Term at the University of Loyola in Chicago. Then, in 2010 as a Master student I complemented my formation with a 5-months research stay at the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Adelaide (Australia). Also, during my PhD programme I did two international research stays of 3 months each: one in Luise Krauth-Siegel’s Lab at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and the second at John Kelly’s Lab at the LSHTM (UK).
Tutor for IDM102 Principles of Biology (MSc Infectious Diseases)
Tutor for IDM203 Parasitology (MSc Infectious Diseases)