Mr Tom Pennance
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 was then employed as a Research Assistant focusing on schistosome population genetics 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. This 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).
I am now completing my PhD at the NHM and Cardiff University focusing on the transmission and genetic relationship between schistosomes, their intermediate host snails and the environment. My work primarily investigates intermediate host and schistosome compatibility and diversity in East Africa through extensive fieldwork/collections and utilising Next Generation Sequencing platforms.