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Dr Derek Gatherer


Derek Gatherer

Lancaster University

Furness Building



Tel: +44 1524 592900

Research overview

Current Research

Currently active projects:

  1. Assembly of Illumina and Nanopore sequences of Leishmania (Mundinia sub-genus) genomes.  Collaboration with Prof Paul Bates, Michelle Bates, Dr Mick Urbaniak and Dr Rod Dillon (Lancaster).  PhD student Hatim Almutairi funded by the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  2. Tempo & mode in the evolution of RNA viruses.  PhD student Hanouf Alhamdan funded by the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Research Interests

  1. Leishmania genome assembly
  2. RNA virus evolution
  3. BioFutures
  4. Vaccine hesitancy

External Roles

  1. Fellow, Institute for Social Futures
  2. Herpesvirales Working Group, International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses

Current Teaching

  1. BIOL275 (Bioinformatics)
  2. BIOL313 (Proteins: Structure, Function & Evolution)

Research Grants

Economic & Social Research Council:  Corpus linguistic analysis of discourse surrounding vaccine hesitancy

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