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Genomic insights into the unusual population genetics of Leishmania

Dr Cotton is involved in a range of projects across a diverse array of parasitic species, including nematodes, schistosomes and kinetoplastids. He plays a leading role in a number of de novo genome sequencing projects, but particularly focus on projects with a strong comparative or population genomics component. His research at the Sanger Institute is on evolutionary genomics of parasites, and particularly on parasites that cause neglected tropical diseases. This work covers a wide range of organisms from parasitic protozoa such as Leishmania to complex multicellular helminths, but they are united by a strong emphasis on either comparative or population genomic questions.

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