Dr. Julian Rayner
After an undergraduate education in New Zealand and a PhD at the MRC in Cambridge. Julian began working on malaria as a post-doctoral fellow at the CDC in Atlanta. In 2002 he became a faculty member at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, returning to Cambridge in 2008 to join the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Julian’s group uses experimental genetics, genome sequencing, proteomics and protein-protein interaction screens to understand how the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum invades human erythrocytes. In recent years his group has helped to identify receptor-ligand interactions involved in erythrocyte invasion and has clear vaccine potential, trace the origins of P. falciparum in African apes, and develop scalable tools for the efficient genetic manipulation of Plasmodium parasites. Julian has a strong interest in communication of science to non-scientific audiences, and in 2014 was appointed Director of Scientific Conferences and Engagement for the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus.