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Mr Tom Pennance


Student representative

I undertook my BSc in Zoology at the University of Manchester before going on to complete an MSc in Medical Parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

I am currently employed as a Research Assistant focusing on schistosome population genetics as part of the Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation (SCORE) working in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College (London, UK), Natural History Museum (London, UK) and the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia, USA). The purpose behind the schistosome population genetics project is to provide insights into potential genetic changes in Schistosoma mansoni (Tanzania) and S. haematobium (Niger and Zanzibar) populations in response to varying levels of mass drug administration pressure.

I am now about to embark on my PhD at the NHM and Cardiff University focusing on the transmission and genetic relationship between schistosomes, their intermediate host snails and the environment.