Theo Sanderson

Theo Sanderson

Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow

Francis Crick Institute


I study the genes of malaria parasites. I am interested in developing the tools needed to provide a better systems-level understanding of these parasites, with a focus on open-source methods for high-throughput culture. Recently I have also been seconded to help with SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

  • Parasite Genetics
  • Open Source Hardware
  • Machine Learning
  • PhD in Malaria Genetics, 2016

    Wellcome Sanger Institute

  • BA Natural Sciences, 2011

    University of Cambridge

Post-doctoral experience

Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow
Francis Crick Institute
Jun 2019 – Present London
Developing open-source tooling for large scale reverse genetics in malaria parasites.
AI Resident
Jun 2018 – Jun 2019 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Developed deep-learning approaches for protein function prediction

Recent Publications

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(2021). An apicoplast-resident folate transporter is essential for sporogony of malaria parasites. Cellular Microbiology.


(2021). Clinical outcomes of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities for people with epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior.


(2020). Critiquing protein family classification models using sufficient input subsets. Journal of Computational Biology.


(2020). Defining multiplicity of vector uptake in transfected Plasmodium parasites. Scientific reports.