The Molecular Parasitology Laboratory researches the biology and epidemiology of parasitic worms of humans and works on developing new interventions and diagnostic procedures that will lead to their elimination.
The lab researches parasitic worms of humans, particularly schistosome blood flukes, which are responsible for the potentially debilitating disease schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), and dog tapeworms (Echinococcus), which are the cause of hydatid disease.
Senior Scientist: Professor Donald McManus
- Professor Yuesheng Li, Senior Research Fellow
- Dr Geoffrey Gobert, Senior Research Associate
- Dr Yurong Yang, Senior Research Officer
- Mary Duke, Scientific Technical Officer
- Dr Shiwanthi Ranasinghe, Research Assistant
- Dr Darren Gray, Visiting Scientist
- New interventions to end neglected tropical diseases in Asia.
- Development of new interventions including vaccines, DNA diagnostics and serological markers essential for ending neglected tropical diseases caused by schistosomes and intestinal worms in Asia and Africa.
- Establishment of a CRISPR-Case9-mediated gene knock-down system in Schistosoma japonicum targeting the acetylcholinesterase gene
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