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School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Dr Shane Wilkinson


Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3057
Room Number: Room 4.19, Fogg building

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Essential Skills for Biomedical Scientists (Tutorials) (BMD100)
  • The Microbial World and Humans (BMD117)
  • Parasites and Infectious Diseases (BIO335)


Research Interests:

Trypanosomatids are a group of protozoan parasites that cause disease in a wide range of animals. In man they are responsible for African sleeping sickness (Trypanosoma brucei), visceral/cutaneous leishmaniasis (various Leishmania spp) and Chagas’ disease (Trypanosoma cruzi), infections prevalent in parts of the world least able to afford the associated economic burden.

Using a combination of biochemical, cell biology, gene cloning and functional genomic approaches, coupled with parasite culturing techniques, my research looks at various aspects of anti-parasitic chemotherapy including determining how existing drug treatments work, investigating mechanisms of drug resistance and the characterization of unusual biochemical pathways.

My goal is to exploit these findings to develop cheap, easy to use, non-toxic treatments targeting these so called 'neglected diseases.'

Research department