Dave Johnston graduated with a first class honours degree in Biology from the University of Southampton in 1982, majoring in cell biology, developmental biology and parasitology. He remained at Southampton for a PhD joint between Biology and the CRC Medical Oncology Unit at Southampton General Hospital in developmental cell biology which had a large component of cell culture and light microscopy (live cell imaging, histology and immunofluorescence).
This was followed by a 4 year postdoc RA position joint between Department of Cellular Pathology / Immunology at Guys Hospital and Deptment of Pathology at Royal Collede of Surgeons working on the immunology of Plasmodium vivax malaria in marmosets.
He then spent 17 years at the Natural History Museum (post doc RA, Wellcome Trust Fellow, temporary and permanent staff researcher) working on the molecular systematics of Schistosome blood flukes and their snail hosts. During this time he introduced DNA sequencing technology and services to the NHM (manual, automated gel and automated capillary sequencing) and served as Secretary to the WHO / UNDP Schistosoma Genome Project from inception to publication. He also taught on the joint NHM / Imperial Masters in taxonomy and systematics and supervised numerous BSc, MSc and PhD students.
He returned full circle to Southampton and to microscopy in 2007, with his current position.
- Olympus Bioscapes Global Scientific Imaging Competition (2014)
- Nikon Small World Global Scientific Imaging Competition (2017)
- Best MSc project within microbiology (2008)
- Oliver Kite Memorial Prize (1982)