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2020 Fellow

OJ Watson

PhD Institution
Wellcome/Imperial College London

OJ is an infectious disease modeler who has used mathematical models to demonstrate the uses and limitations of malaria genetics to develop and evaluate different control interventions for the disease. His software has been used by numerous health authorities in Africa to help plan their malaria campaigns. As a Schmidt Science Fellow, OJ aims to make a contribution to our understanding of drug-resistant malaria by pivoting to systems biology and bioinformatics. He seeks to quantify the genetic background of previous emergence of malarial drug resistances to predict the risks posed today.