Parasitology and Epidemiology Group

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Who we are     

The PE group consists of investigators studying molecular and biochemical Parasitology, the landscape/spatial epidemiology of vector borne diseases  and the evolutionary and immunological implications of host/parasite interactions.  Our research interests span a variety of disciplines and is funded by BBSRC, NERC, the Wellcome Trust, the Welsh Assembly Government, the US National Institutes of Health, the UK Department for International Development, the European Union and private funders such as the Sandler Center for Basic Research in Parasitic Diseases.

What we do

By engaging in basic-science-, co-evolutionary driven- and systems-based- investigations, we collectively address some of the world’s major health problems caused by important biomedical and veterinary pathogens.  Our expertise includes gene level investigations, application of functional genomics-based technologies, high-throughput compound screening, biomarker discovery, host-parasite interactions, immunological investigations, evolutionary studies, ecological epidemiology, mathematical modelling, GIS, satellite and aerial remote sensing and climate modelling. Our studies consider a range of infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, protozoa, microsporidia and helminths.

Group members

Prof. Peter Brophy (helminths, drug resistance, proteomics, functional genomics)

Dr Iain Chalmers (helminths, gene characterisation, vaccines)

Dr. Jo Hamilton (proteomics, host parasite interactions)

Prof. Karl Hoffmann (helminths, developmental biology, drug screening, host parasite interactions, transcriptomics, immunobiology, functional genomics)

Dr Russ Morphew (Helminths, Proteomics, Protein Biochemistry and Protein Interactions)

Dr. Justin Pachebat (protozoa, microbes, viruses, genomics, transcriptomics)

Prof. Chris Thomas (landscape epidemiology and climate modelling, ecology of vector borne diseases, malaria)

Dr. Hefin Williams (Climate modelling of veterinary and agricultural pathogens, bovine tuberculosis and spatial habitat suitability modelling)

Dr Martin Swain (Bioinformatics for high-throughput DNA sequencing in genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, metagenomics, and metatranscriptomics)