Andrew Jackson


University of Liverpool

I was awarded a D.Phil. degree by the University of Oxford in July 2004. Subsequently, I obtained a three-year Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, during which I established a research portfolio centred on the use of comparative genomics to identify the genetic mechanisms of disease. In 2012 I joined the University of Liverpool leading a research group examining the molecular evolution of parasites to understand the mechanisms of parasitism, and to develop new ways of preventing parasitic disease.

Research interests

My research concerns the evolution of parasitism. I use genomics and other systems-data to test evolutionary ideas within a comparative method, with three aims: • Origins. Using comparative genomics to reveal the evolutionary changes that led to parasitism in Kinetoplastids, Stramenopiles, Amoebae and Trichomonads. • Innovations. Using comparative and functional approaches to identify the species-specific mechanisms by which parasites cause disease, with applications in cell biology, and pathogenesis. • Applications. Applying our knowledge of how parasite genomes evolve in antigen discovery, reverse vaccinology, disease epidemiology and other approaches.