Stephen Attwood

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Zoology

University of Oxford

Peter Medawar Building

South Parks Road

Oxford, OX1 3SY, UK

I am currently investigating the molecular evolution of cancer cell populations using phylogenetic and population approaches. In general my interests lie in the use of molecular systematics to reveal processes underlying the transmission and progression of disease, and on the use of bioinformatics in translational medicine. Formerly I was a parasitologist, working at the Natural History Museum in London on the taxonomy and evolution of the Asian Schistosoma. During that time I discovered and named several new species and studied the health and biodiversity impacts of hydro-power dams in the Mekong Basin. I have spent many years in China, Laos and Thailand working in the field.

SW Attwood & MJ Edel (2019) iPS-Cell Technology and the Problem of Genetic Instability—Can It Ever Be Safe for Clinical Use? Journal of Clinical Medicine 8:288

SW Attwood, L Liu, GN Huo (2019) Population genetic structure and geographical variation in Neotricula aperta (Gastropoda: Pomatiopsidae), the snail intermediate host of Schistosoma mekongi (Digenea: Schistosomatidae). PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 13:e0007061

GN Huo, L Liu, HB He, SW Attwood (2016) An investigation into the potential effects of infrapopulation structure and other sources of sampling error, on population genetic studies of the transmission of Schistosoma japonicum (Trematoda: Digenea). Parasites & Vectors 9:165

SW Attwood, M Ibaraki, Y Saitoh, N Nihei, DA Janies (2015) Comparative phylogenetic studies on Schistosoma japonicum and its snail intermediate host Oncomelania hupensis: origins, dispersal and coevolution. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 9:e0003935

SW Attwood, GN Huo, JW Qiu (2015) Update on the distribution and phylogenetics of Biomphalaria (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) populations in Guangdong province, China. Acta Tropica 141:258–270

L Liu, GN Huo, HB He, B Zhou, SW Attwood (2014) A phylogeny for the pomatiopsidae (Gastropoda: Rissooidea): a resource for taxonomic, parasitological and biodiversity studies. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:29

SW Attwood & ES Upatham (2013) A population growth trend aAnalysis for Neotricula aperta, the snail intermediate host of Schistosoma mekongi, after construction of the Pak-Mun dam. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 7:e2539

SW Attwood & ES Upatham (2012) Observations on Neotricula aperta (Gastropoda: Pomatiopsidae) population densities in Thailand and central Laos: implications for the spread of Mekong schistosomiasis. Parasites & Vectors 5:126

SW Attwood (2012) Public health: Use snail ecology to assess dam impact. Nature 482:162

SW Attwood, FA Fatih, ES Upatham (2008) A study of DNA-sequence variation among Schistosoma mekongi (Trematoda: Digenea) populations and related taxa; phylogeography and the current distribution of Asian schistosomiasis. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2:1–10

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