Professor Colin Sutherland


President (2020-2023)

Professor of Parasitology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Colin trained as a biologist at the University of Sydney, and subsequently gained a Masters in Public Health from the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. He joined LSHTM in January 1998 to work as a Post-Doc with Professor Geoffrey Targett on the gametocytes of Plasmodium falciparum. Colin subsequently developed a keen interest in parasite drug resistance in the context of the team’s clinical studies in The Gambia from 1998 – 2002. From 2004 – 2011, while continuing his studies of parasite drug susceptibility, Colin developed new projects on molecular diagnostics for parasitology with Peter Chiodini and Spencer Polley in the Department of Clinical Parasitology at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and continues to work closely with Public Health England in the PHE Malaria Reference Laboratory, LSHTM as HCPC-registered Clinical Scientist.

Understanding of the evolutionary biology of parasitism remains the context underpinning Colin’s research, and the tools of molecular genetics and genomics are the means used to address this goal. Parasite adaptation to the two great selective forces of host immunity and antimicrobial chemotherapy has been of particular interest.

Among Colin’s current roles are:

  • Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • Member of the Grants Committee for the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • Deputy Director for Science, PHE Malaria Reference Laboratory
  • Co-Director, LSHTM Malaria Centre
  • Keyboard, guitar, vocals – Pumphandle Blues Band

Colin’s website

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