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Dominic Kwiatowski © Wellcome Sanger Institute

Professor Dominic Kwiatowski has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society. This announcement recognises Dominic’s pioneering work on malaria, and particularly the use of genomic epidemiology to understand the evolutionary arms race that is going on between human, parasite and mosquito populations in Africa and other tropical regions of the world.

An important part of Dominic’s work has been to build capacity for genetic research in the developing world, and to support researchers and public health agencies in malaria-endemic countries to apply genetic technologies to practical problems in malaria control, such as tackling the spread of drug and insecticide resistance.

Professor Kwiatowski said "I am honoured to be elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society. It is a testimony to the amazing creativity and teamwork that is going on at Sanger and Oxford, and among all our partners in the MalariaGEN network. It is a great privilege to work with colleagues who are so committed to gaining a deep scientific understanding of malaria, not only as a fascinating biological problem, but also as a critical step in reducing the burden of disease in the poorest parts of the world.”

Dominic Kwiatkowski is director of the Centre for Genomics and Global Health. He holds a joint position as MRC Clinical Research Professor at Oxford University, and as a Principal Investigator at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.