Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Honorary Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 3002m.lawniczak Website




Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Please note, I joined the Sanger Institute as a group leader in November 2014.


My group is using GWAS (genome wide association studies) to explore the genetic basis of a variety of phenotypes relating to vector biology with a focus on the genetic basis of mosquito susceptibility to human malaria. We are also exploring the intersection of mating/sex and immunity in mosquitoes. Our research is funded by the MRC.

This link to  PubMed lists my publications.

My interests include anything related to evolutionary genetics, population genetics/genomics, anopheles, plasmodium, sexual conflict, sexual selection, host-parasite antagonistic coevolution, genetic conflict, evolvability,  drosophila, cephalopods & nepenthes. 


Brief CV:

University of Michigan: Undergraduate in Biology with High Honors 

University of California at Davis: PhD in Population Biology  with David Begun

University College London: Postdoc with Tracey Chapman 

Imperial College London: Postdoc with Fotis Kafatos and George Christophides

MRC Career Development Research Fellow (2012-2016)






Fontaine MC, Pease JB, Steele A, et al., 2015, Extensive introgression in a malaria vector species complex revealed by phylogenomics, Science, Vol:347, ISSN:0036-8075

Stathopoulos S, Neafsey DE, Lawniczak MKN, et al., 2014, Genetic dissection of anopheles gambiae Gut epithelial responses to serratia marcescens, Plos Pathogens, Vol:10, ISSN:1553-7366, Pages:1-19

White BJ, Lawniczak MKN, Cheng C, et al., 2011, Adaptive divergence between incipient species of Anopheles gambiae increases resistance to Plasmodium, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:108, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:244-249

Lawniczak MKN, Emrich SJ, Holloway AK, et al., 2010, Widespread Divergence Between Incipient Anopheles gambiae Species Revealed by Whole Genome Sequences, Science, Vol:330, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:512-514

Neafsey DE, Lawniczak MKN, Park DJ, et al., 2010, SNP Genotyping Defines Complex Gene-Flow Boundaries Among African Malaria Vector Mosquitoes, Science, Vol:330, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:514-517

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