Simon Young


  • Associate Lecturer in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology & Virology/Microbiology, School of Biology
  • KY16 9ST

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Teaching activity

Associate Lecturer in the School of Biology

Research interests

My research and teaching interests are in molecular biology, microbiology and parasitology. I am principally focused on researching Human African Trypanosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease of sub-Saharan Africa.

Research overview

Wellcome Trust-funded research concerning the discovery of novel drug targets in lipid metabolism in Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of human African sleeping sickness.

Projects from former institutions

Researching the origin of susceptibility of tsetse flies to Trypanosoma spp., the causative agents of African trypanosomiasis, focussing on the contribution of Sodalis glossinidius, the secondary endosymbiont bacteria of tsetse flies. Collaboration with Professor Sue Welburn (Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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