I'm a paediatrician doing research on childhood diseases of the developing world. I did my research training in West Africa before coming to Oxford in 1989, and since 1998 I've been an MRC Clinical Research Professor.
I lead the International Child Health Group within the University Department of Paediatrics, as well as the Childhood Infection Group at Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. I hold a joint appointment as a Principal Investigator at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute near Cambridge. Our group's main research interest is malaria. We endeavour to understand fundamental biological mechanisms of disease and immunity by bringing together the complementary strengths of Sanger and Oxford, which allow us to combine new genomic technologies and statistical methodologies with large-scale clinical and epidemiological studies. One of our major tasks is to coordinate MalariaGEN, a network of researchers in 20 countries that aims to accelerate malaria vaccine development by discovering natural mechanisms of protective immunity.