Theo Sanderson

I study the genes of malaria parasites to better understand how they give rise to such a deadly disease. I completed my PhD at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute where I helped to conduct the first genome-scale genetic screen in malaria. In 2018-2019, I completed a residency with Google AI where I developed new approaches to predict the function of unknown proteins using machine learning.

At the Crick I am continuing my genetic work to build a systems-level understanding of the malaria parasite. Malaria parasites have around five thousand genes, and so to increase the scale at which one can investigate them I am building open-source robotic systems for parasite culture.