Joanne has just completed her PhD in the laboratory of Prof Andy Waters at the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology in Glasgow, Scotland. Her PhD work involved determining epigenetic differences between asexual and sexual stages of the rodent malaria parasite, Plasmodium berghei, with a view to uncovering targets in the sexual stage that could be exploited to prevent malaria transmission through mosquitoes.
Joanne was part of the 4-Year Wellcome Trust PhD programme at the University of Glasgow and obtained an MRes prior to her PhD research; undertaking placements in virology, parasitology, and chemistry (before finally settling on malaria research). Joanne’s undergraduate degree is from University College Dublin in Ireland, where she studied Biomedical, Health, and Life Sciences (BSc Hons). Her research interests include the development of novel molecular technologies to further characterise proteins in Apicomplexan parasites; functional characterisation of a number of putative epigenetic regulators in Plasmodium; and the development of better malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). Alongside her research interests, Joanne is a passionate supporter of the movement towards Open Access journals, and loves teaching and public engagement. You can follow Joanne’s work further at: