Joanne Hamilton (parasitologist)

Joanne Hamilton is a British parasitologist. She is Professor in the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University.[1]


Hamilton looks at the interactions of parasites and their host organisms using molecular and proteomic techiques, she investigates how parasites can overcome the host immune response.[2]

Public outreach

Hamilton was involved in a schools partnership project SusNet Wales[3] where school students took part in research looking at drug resistance in parasitic nematodes.[4]

She spoke at TEDxAberystwyth in 2017, giving 'A guided tour of Parasites'.[5]

In 2018 she appeared in Channel 4's Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers, where she found pathogenic bacteria and eggs of parasites within the congealed fat deposit.[6]

Honours and awards

In 2004 Hamilton was awarded a Commendation in the SET for Britain competition at the UK Parliament's House of Commons. She achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2007 and Senior Fellowship in 2015. In 2016 Hamilton was awarded a Sustain Wales Award for her work on the SusNet project and was awarded fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology in 2017.[7]


  1. ^ "Staff Profiles - IBERS, Aberystwyth University". Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  2. ^ "Joanne Hamilton - Aberystwyth Research Portal". Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  3. ^ "Aberystwyth University's partnership with schools highly commended at sustainability awards - Aberystwyth University". Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  4. ^ Young-Powell, Abby (2017-03-10). "Murder mystery to DNA: researchers bring science to life in schools". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  5. ^ "TEDxAberystwyth | TED". Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  6. ^ "What lurks inside a fatberg?". Wales 247. 2018-04-24. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  7. ^ "Joanne Hamilton - Prizes - Aberystwyth Research Portal". Retrieved 2020-01-14.

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