Supervisor: Steve Patterson
I have a broad interest in infectious diseases, agriculture and the environment. More specifically, I am interested in parasitology, the impact that parasites have on an organism and the possible effects this may have on public health.
My PhD project works under the supervision of Professor Steve Paterson. The aim of the project is to use recent advances in single cell genomics to identify potential vaccine targets in helminths. Infection of parasitic helminths in livestock causes substantial economic losses to the UK agricultural industry and impacts negatively on the health and welfare of animals. Anthelmintics are routinely used to control infections. However, there are increasing concerns over the sustainability of these drugs as cases of resistance in parasite populations threaten their efficacy. Therefore, there is a need for alternative control strategies such as the development of vaccines.