Vector borne diseases in the genomics era
In this inaugural lecture, Susana Campino, Professor of Genomics and Infectious Diseases, will present how genomics has been contributing to our understanding of and response to infectious diseases transmitted by arthropods, particularly malaria and arboviral infections.
She will explain how the constantly evolving genomics field have shaped her research to understand the biology and evolution of the three main players (human, pathogens, and vectors), and is leading to the development of tools to support the control of these diseases.
Please note the lecture takes place from 17.15 - 18.15 followed by a drinks reception in the South Courtyard.
Susana Campino is a Professor of Genomics and Infectious Diseases at LSHTM. She completed her PhD in 2003 at the University of Umea, Sweden on the “Genetic analysis of murine malaria”. Subsequently, she was awarded a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral fellowship to work on “Genetic determinants of human severe malaria” at the University of Oxford. In 2007, she moved to The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to investigate the worldwide genetic diversity of malaria parasites.
Since 2015, Susana has been based at LSHTM, where she leads research on the genomic diversity and evolution of pathogens (particularly malaria parasites and arboviruses) and many arthropods (mosquitoes, sand flies, ticks) that are vectors of numerous infectious diseases. She is also an Invited scientist at the Global Health and Tropical Medicine, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT), at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Susana collaborates with many teams in Africa, Asia and South America and supports the training of large numbers of researchers and implementation of genomics tools in laboratories across numerous countries. In the UK, Susana has close links with the UKHSA-LSHTM Malaria Reference Laboratory and supports the genomics surveillance of Plasmodium parasites from travellers. She also collaborates with many UK groups conducting research in vectors, including UKHSA's Medical Entomology team, focusing on tick genomic surveillance to inform on the risk of tick-borne disease to UK public health.