The Parasites Research Group is part of The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham dedicated to improving the well-being of animals and people through world-leading innovative research and technology transfer in basic, applied and clinical sciences.
The group studies parasites ranging from intracellular protozoa, such as Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum, to large multi-cellular worms including Fasciola hepatica.
Areas of investigation include:
- The function of parasite-derived molecules in controlling host immunity thereby enhancing survival of both pathogen and host.
- The role of macrophages, T-cells and regulatory cytokines in controlling parasitic infection and the effects of these in bystander infection.
- Various aspects of protozoa infection including neuroparasitology, stress tolerance in T. gondii, bradyzoite-tachyzoite conversion, and the development of novel invertebrate models of infection.