Dr. Darren Cook (A-WOL Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) is a postdoctoral senior research assistant at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and works on Wolbachia bacteria of filarial nematodes, their role as an anti-filarial drug target and the effect of anti-Wolbachia drugs on the development of infective filarial larvae. He is part of the A·WOL Consortium.
Dr. Cook graduated from the University of Hull in 1999 with a B.Sc. in Biology and the following year graduated from the University of Manchester with an M.Sc. in Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology. After 5 months voluntary work examining transmission of toxoplasmosis at Salford University, he joined Dr Sylvie Ducki as a laboratory technician as part of an international collaboration to discover new drugs for the treatment of cancer. Darren joined the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2005 working on novel camelid anti-venoms for the treatment of snakebite under Dr Rob Harrison’s supervision and obtained his Ph.D. in 2010. In April 2010 Darren joined Prof. Mark Taylor’s group in the Filariasis Research Laboratory as a post-doctoral research assistant.