Chris Lourens leads the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Programme at IDDO. He joined the WorldWide Antimalarial Research Network (WWARN) - now part of the IDDO platform - in 2009 as Manager for the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Programme, based at the Mahidol/Oxford research unit in Bangkok, Thailand. Chris is responsible for the implementation and operation of the WWARN QA/QC Programme and contributes to the experimental design of the programme. He monitors the performance of registered laboratories against proficiency testing samples sent out by the WWARN QA/QC unit as an ongoing project. Chris has extensive experience in laboratory science gained at medical institutions in the Middle East, where he served as a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor and Chemistry Supervisor.