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Feb. 13, 2019

Special Presentation by Dr. Philip Ashton, Lead Bioinformatician, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit

A special presentation was held at Sitoplasma Auditorium of Eijkman Institute where by Dr. Philip Ashton, Lead Bioinformatician, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam gave talk in front of Eijkman's staff member. The topic of his talk was "The genomic epidemiology and ecology of Cryptococcus neoformans in Asia and Africa."

In his research, Dr. Ashton hypothesise that C. neoformans VNIa spends much of its time in the environment in a quiescent state, while, when it is sampled, it has almost always undergone an extended period of growth.

Philip joined the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Ho Chi Minh City in 2016 where he worked on the genomics of the fungal pathogen C. neoformans. In March 2018, he took up a role as lead bioinformatician at OUCRU, working across the Unit. He has maintained an interest in fungal pathogen genomics and is nurturing a growing interest in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.