Dr Achchuthan Shanmugasundram BSc, ARCS, PhD

Genome Database Curator (Research Associate) Biochemistry & Systems Biology


Personal Statement

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College London in 2010. I subsequently completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool in Functional and Comparative Genomics. My thesis centered around the genome annotation, metabolic pathway reconstruction and proteomics of apicomplexan parasites. I then took a post-doctoral position as a genome scientist at the Mill Hill Laboratory of the Francis Crick Institute (formerly MRC National Institute for Medical Research). I worked on the alpine marmot genome project here. I returned to Liverpool in April 2016 to take up a position within Prof Christiane Hertz-Fowler’s group to work as a genome curator in the VEuPathDB project. Currently, I work under Prof Andy Jones in the same project.

Prizes or Honours

  • Best Poster (Institute of Integrative Biology, 2013)
  • Second Best Poster in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (University of Liverpool, 2012)

Other Personal Distinctions

  • Associate Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy, 2014)
  • Representing the University in the first ever RENKEI Researcher Development School (RENKEI, 2013)