Professor of Biology; Director, Center for Genomics and Systems
Research Interests: Comparative genomics of eukaryotic microbes (protists); genomics and global public health.
The Carlton lab uses the tools of comparative genomics (bioinformatics, genomics, molecular evolution, and population genetics) to compare the genomes of related species of protist, including the malaria parasite Plasmodium, and species of trichomonad such as the sexually-transmitted pathogen Trichomonas vaginalis. Our ultimate goal is to reveal the biological mechanisms that parasites use to interact with their hosts, and identify characteristics that can be exploited to develop better methods of control, e.g. drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and surveillance tools.