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Prof David Conway

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Professor of Biology

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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK

David leads a research group conducting population genetic, experimental and epidemiological studies 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) naturally acquired immune responses and their relevance to protection, (iii) the effects of different epidemiological situations on parasite population genetic structures, (iv) erythrocyte invasion phenotypes of merozoites. David, Alfred Amambua-Ngwa and colleagues undertook a study of Gambian Plasmodium falciparum isolates, using deep sequencing data to investigate signatures of balancing selection with the aim of identifying new targets for functional and immunological investigation. This work was done in collaboration with the MalariaGEN P. falciparum Community Project. David is now studying other P. falciparum populations in West Africa, with colleagues in Guinea, Ghana, Mauritania, Senegal and Mali, which has involved continuing collaboration with MalariaGEN.

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