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Professor Wendy Gibson

Professor Wendy Gibson

Professor Wendy Gibson
B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.(Lond.)

Professor of Protozoology

Area of research

Molecular Parasitology

Office Life Sciences: 2A18
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41183


  • General area of research is Molecular Parasitology, specifically parasitic protozoa
  • The mechanism of genetic exchange (sexual reproduction) in trypanosomes
  • Molecular evolution of trypanosomes
  • Taxonomy of trypanosomes and epidemiology of sleeping sickness and animal trypanosomiasis
  • Development and differentiation of trypanosomes within the tsetse vector

Further information about my research can be found by following this link to the Molecular Parasitology Group home page.


I started research on African trypanosomes during my PhD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, collecting field samples from domestic animals in Liberia for subsequent isoenzyme analysis. Deeper understanding of trypanosomiasis in the field was obtained during a 4 year secondment to the Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Institute. I subsequently trained in molecular biology with Prof Piet Borst at the Netherlands Cancer Institute funded by a Wellcome Trust Advanced Training Fellowship for 2 years, returning to UK on an MRC Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship.

Bsc Zoology University College London 1975

PhD London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 1979

DSc University of London 1997

Vice President/President of British Society for Protist Biology 2006-2011

3rd Albert Dubois prize for Tropical Pathology 1995 from Belgian Academy of Medicine for work on genetic exchange in trypanosomes



I have been a member of staff in the School of Biological Sciences since 1997. I teach across all three years of the degree course, including basic genetics and immunology, and my specialist subject, parasitology. I run a workshop on science communication ("How to teach the public about biology") with colleagues Ed Drewitt (Earth Sciences)  and Nick Wray (Botanic Garden). I am currently head of teaching in the School of Biological Sciences.


  • Trypanosoma
  • Tsetse fly


  • molecular biological methods
  • digital imaging

Recent publications

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