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An Interview with Wendy Gibson

WendyGibsonDescribe your work in a Twitter post (140 characters)

“Genetics of microbes, sex and the single trypanosome.”

How did you get to where you are now?

“Hard work!”

What is your proudest work-related moment to date?

“Being awarded the Albert Dubois prize in Brussels.”

What’s the worst job you have ever had?

“When I had to catch pigs to sample trypanosomes in Liberia.”

If you had left academia in a parallel universe, what job would you be doing instead?

“I would own a tea shop that made cream teas somewhere in Devon.”

Apart from Cardiff (or Wales), where is the best place you have ever travelled for work?


What’s your favourite parasite?

“Guinea worm, because it has such a bizarre lifecycle and it is so big!”

If you had to be infected with a parasite what would you pick?

A tapeworm.”

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind be?


What’s your favourite type of cheese?

“Cornish yarg – it is wrapped with nettles.”

If your office/lab caught on fire, what would be the thing that you saved?

“My lab book”


To find about more about Wendy Gibson’s research at the School of Biosciences, University of Bristol, have a look at her website:

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