Plenary speaker: Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at Imperial College London
Austin Burt is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at Imperial College London and has been a pioneer in the development of gene drive technology for malaria control. This approach aims to use genes that are inherited at a greater-than-Mendelian rate to modify populations of malaria mosquitoes and help end transmission of the disease. He studied (BSc and PhD) at McGill University, with postdoctoral positions at Santa Cruz and Berkeley, and has a background in evolutionary biology and population genetics. He is currently Principal Investigator of Target Malaria, an international not-for-profit consortium of 14 research institutions seeking to develop the first self-sustaining modified mosquito technology for use in the most heavily affected regions of Africa.