Meet our Course Team: Leads, Educators and Developers

Dr. Anna V. Protasio

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I am a researcher in molecular biology of infectious diseases and an instructor for the Working with Pathogen Genomes course organised by the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences. I have worked in molecular biology of infectious diseases since 2007 and I have developed a keen interest in the use of bioinformatic tools to study the the agents that cause neglected tropical diseases. My motivation to lead the development of this online course is to make bioinformatics available to a wider audience so you can also understand and start using these tools to answer your own biological questions.

I have a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of the Republic in Uruguay and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

Martin Aslett

Lead Educator and Developer

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I am the IT Manager for the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences team. In addition to this, I am an instructor on the Working with Pathogen Genomes course organised by Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences. My interests lie in bioinformatics and its application to microbial genomics. In my current role, I am responsible for ensuring that all informatics requirements for our courses are met. I have a background in pathogen bioinformatics, having previously worked for many years in the Pathogen Informatics team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

I have a BSc in Zoology from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Biological Computation from the University of York.

Dr. Christine Boinett

Lead Educator and Developer

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My current area of research is focussed on understanding how resistance to antibiotics emerges and is transferred in bacterial pathogens. I use multiple next generation sequencing techniques including whole genome sequencing (WGS), transcriptomics and a high throughput mutagenesis approach to inactivate genes in the bacterial genome known as Transposon Directed Insertion site Sequencing (TraDIS).

I have a BSc in Biochemistry from Imperial College London, a MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Matthew Dorman

Lead Educator and Developer

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I am a graduate student at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, where I research the virulence and the molecular genetics of bacterial pathogens. I have a background in bacterial gene regulation, and currently I am using a combination of laboratory and computational experiments to explore variation in enteric pathogens and their genomes.

I have a BA (mod) in Genetics from Trinity College Dublin.

Dr. Ulrike Böhme

Lead Educator Dr. Ulrike Böhme

I work as biocurator for Plasmodium genomes at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in the Pathogen Genomics group. I’m also an instructor for the Working with Protozoan Parasite Database Resources organised by the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences. In my current research area I have been involved in the bioinformatics analysis of a diverse collection of eukaryotic pathogens. For this I regularly use Artemis and the Artemis Comparison Tool.

I have a MSc and a PhD in Biology from the University of Tübingen.

Professor Pablo Tsukayama

Lead Educator and Developer

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I am a Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Sciences at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. My research lies at the interface of genomics, public health, and infectious disease epidemiology. Our lab is currently using WGS to study the transmission of enteric bacterial pathogens and AMR determinants between community and hospital settings across Peru.

I have a BSc in Biology from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Bacterial Genomes: Accessing and Analysing Microbial Genome Data

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