Building gene drives to beat malaria
Time: 15:00 – 16:00 (BST)
Dr Andrew Hammond was one of the 2020 Early Career Research Awards recipients. He completed his PhD at Imperial College London working on gene drives. Gene drives are genetic modifications with incredible potential to modify entire populations of the malaria mosquito for sustainable vector control. Andrew’s PhD research established CRISPR and gene drive technologies in the African malaria mosquito, including the first demonstration that gene drives can invade insect populations. During his postdoctoral training, Andrew investigated the molecular basis of evolved resistance to the technology, and incorporated this understanding to build the first gene drive capable of eliminating entire populations of laboratory-contained mosquitoes.
This lecture will be chaired by Sheila Graham, Professor of Molecular Virology at the University of Glasgow. Join us for this webinar to hear about Andrew’s work and how knowledge of genomic conservation, sex-determination and DNA-repair have guided the development of a new tool to combat malaria.