Pr. David Rollinson (Natural History Museum) is Individual Merit Research Scientist and Head of the Biomedical Parasitology in the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum.
Pr. Rollinson's goals are to work towards a better synthesis and understanding of host parasite interactions especially of the schistosome snail model and to achieve better control of the debilitating disease schistosomiasis and other helminth infections. The driving force of evolution is particularly striking when considering the interplay between host and parasite genomes and this research seeks to explore the intricacies of these interactions in detail. Pr. Rollinson employs a multidisciplinary approach and current projects include investigating the implementation and impact of helminth control strategies in Tanzania, Senegal and Niger and the elimination of schistosomiasis in Zanzibar. Pr. Rollinson is responsible for the Wolfson Wellcome Biomedical Laboratories and is Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for the identification and characterization of schistosomes and their snail intermediate hosts. Other positions include editor of Advances in Parasitology and Past President of the World Federation of Parasitologists.