Leadership.

DEVIN
SOK

Programme Director

Devin Sok is the Programme Director as well as technical co-Director of the SRPNTS consortium and is the Senior Director of Antibody Discovery and Development for IAVI. His group is currently focused on antibody discovery against variable pathogens or targets (e.g. HIV, snakebite, AMR), understanding antibody-mediated protection, characterization of antibody responses to candidate immunogens, and product development of lead antibodies for therapy and prophylaxis. Devin is generally interested in the mechanisms of antibody-mediated protection against infectious diseases and antibody product development to prevent or treat neglected diseases that affect low- and middle-income countries. Devin received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his PhD from The Scripps Research Institute.

ROBERT
HARRISON

Co-Director

Rob Harrison serves as technical co-Director of the SRPNTS consortium specializing in venom toxin characterization. He leads the Centre for Snakebite Research & Interventions (CSRI) and is a Professor at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). Rob and his team conduct a variety of research activities with the objective to ‘improve the treatment of snakebite’. This includes the provision of antivenom to treat rural snakebite victims in Nigeria through a collaboration (the EchiTAb Study Group) with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health, the University of Oxford and antivenom producers in UK and Costa Rica. This collaboration has resulted in the provision of 34,000 vials of new antivenoms (17,000 life-saving treatments) to resolve the crisis in antivenom supply to Nigeria. Rob received bachelor’s degree from Nottingham University and MSc/PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

ABDULRAZAQ
HABIB

Technical Co-Director

Abdul Habib serves as technical co-Director of the SRPNTS consortium with particular focus on clinical implementation. He is an infectious and tropical disease physician and epidemiologist. He was formerly Dean Faculty of Medicine and later Foundation Provost College of Health Sciences, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria (BUK).  Abdul is a foundation member of the African Snakebite Research Group (ASRG) project that is supported by the NIHR (UK). He heads the Nigerian Snakebite Research Intervention Center (NSRIC), a member of the ASRG consortium and collaborator of the Center for Snakebite Research & Intervention (CSRI), Liverpool School for Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK. Abdul is a member of several professional societies and the current president of the Nigerian Infectious Diseases Society, former Head of the Infectious Diseases Sub-Specialty at the West African College of Physicians and a Trustee of the Toxinology Society of Nigeria. He is currently serving as a member of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group, National Drug Safety Advisory Committee and the chairman Noma (Cancrum Oris) Technical Advisory Group, Nigeria. He is an international advisor of the Royal College of Physicians, London (UK), a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on meningococcal meningitis vaccination at WHO, Geneva, Switzerland and a board member of the Global Snakebite Initiative (GSI).

KARTIK
SUNAGAR

Co-Investigator

Kartik Sunagar is a SRPNTS investigator, a Wellcome Trust-DBT Alliance Fellow, and an Assistant Professor for the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. He and his team at the Evolutionary Venomics Laboratory focus on the study of animal venoms to address broad scientific questions relating to evolutionary biology, molecular genetics, and ecology. Kartik employs an interdisciplinary approach spanning various “omics” fields of study (transcriptomics, proteomics, genomics), bioinformatics and molecular biology to uncover the molecular and biochemical diversity and the fascinating evolutionary history of animal venoms. As a part of the SRPNTS consortium, Kartik’s research has focused on obtaining and studying samples from the “Big Four” venomous snakes of India in order to shed light on how best to develop next generation snakebite therapies that will be effective on the Indian subcontinent. Kartik received his bachelor’s degree from Karnatak Science college, master’s degree from Karnatak University, and PhD from the University of Porto, Portugal.