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Dr Bridget Penman

Job Title
Associate Professor
Life Sciences
024 761 50249
Research Interests

Humans are engaged in a non-stop evolutionary struggle with infectious diseases. I seek to understand how natural selection from pathogens has shaped the genetics of humans and other vertebrate species. I use mathematical and computational models of biological processes to achieve this.

I am particularly interested in the genes of the vertebrate immune system and in co-evolution between malaria parasites and their host species. For a full description of my research interests please see my profile at Warwick's Zeeman Institute. My projects at the Zeeman Institute, including the work of my current PhD students, Connor White, Susie Cant and Mamas Louca are detailed here. I am also on Twitter.

I am happy to be contacted by potential research students in the biosciences who wish to carry out computational / theoretical projects relating to infectious disease and host-pathogen co-evolution.


I studied Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford (BA, 2006) and completed a DPhil in Zoology at the University of Oxford (2011). I was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford (2011-2014), a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford Department of Zoology (2011-2015) and between 2015 and 2016 I was a Departmental Research Lecturer in the University of Oxford Department of Zoology.

Research Themes:

Biomedical Science