Professor Martin Donnelly

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Honorary Faculty Member, Malaria Programme, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Martin trained at Girton College, Cambridge University (MA) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (MSc, PhD). He was then awarded an American Society of Microbiology Fellowship and spent two years in the laboratory of Dr Tovi Lehmann at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, USA (1999-2001). Martin re-joined the Department of Vector Biology in 2001.



  • A major area of interest is the evolution of insecticide resistance in the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae. We use a variety of approaches to identify and validate insecticide resistance associated loci.

  • A key partnership is with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Malaria Programme(link is external), where I hold an Honorary Faculty position. Through this collaboration we leverage the power of next-generation sequencing technologies to address aspects of the biology of Anopheles gambiae that impact upon the sustainable control of malaria. This includes genome wide association studies to identify genetic loci associated with insecticide resistance and population genetic studies to describe population sub-structuring. 

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