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Sophie Hawkes

About Me

I am an MIBTP Life Sciences PhD student at the University of Warwick. I am part of the epidemiological research group Disease Ecology Research group- associated with The Zeeman Institute: Systems Biology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research (SBIDER).

My research project focuses on investigating the ecology of tick-borne diseases of desert bighorn sheep in the Mojave Desert, with particular interest in babesiosis, anaplasmosis, theileriosis, and ehrlichiosis. My supervisors are Dr. Erin Gorsich and Dr. Kevin Purdy.

Research areas of interest include: epidemiology, parasitology and vector-borne disease, animal science, and evolutionary ecology.

Education and Employment

2019 - Present

University of Warwick: PhD Life Sciences (MIBTP)

Thesis project: Investigating the ecology of tick-borne diseases of desert bighorn sheep in the Mojave Desert (Supervisors: Dr E. Gorsich, Dr K. Purdy)

Mini-project 2: Review: Multiple Stressor Effects on Cattle Ticks Rhipicephalus appendiculatus and R. (Boophilus) microplus for use in Integrated Pest Management in South Africa (Supervisor: Dr. S. Hayward)

Mini-project 1: Mechanistic Modelling of Theileriosis in Buffalo, South Africa (Supervisor: Dr. E. Gorsich)


University of Birmingham: Research Technician

Project: Investigating transcription factors regulating senescence and grain nutrient content in wheat (Supervisor: Dr. P. Borrill)

2017 - 2018

University of Liverpool: MSc Advanced Biological Science (Host: Parasite Biology)

Project: Exploring the Phylogenetic Diversity of equine Histoplasma Spp. from Regions of Sub-Saharan Africa using Multi Locus Sequence Typing (Supervisor: Dr. C. Scantlebury)

2014 - 2017

University of Liverpool: BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science

Final project: The Impact of Temperature on an Antibiotic Susceptibility of Wolbachia in vitro (Supervisor: Dr. B. Makepeace)

Second year internship project: Research into the Properties of Haemoglobin and Myoglobin, Focusing on the Alcidae Family Relating to Diving Capacity (Supervisor: Dr M. Berenbrink)

LinkedIn: sophie-hawkes-280

Twitter: @sfhawkes

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Office: Room 5.04, Mathematical Sciences Building