Parasitology and Microbiology
Members of this research group contribute to the cross-faculty research theme on Infectious Disease Transmission and Biology.
The interests of this research group include tropical infectious diseases and their insect vectors, the evolution of viruses, the pathology of microbes including bacteria of the human gut, and environmental exposure to potentially harmful micro-organisms. Basic research into the properties of these various microbial threats is performed as well as applied research into ways to combat their effects or control their transmission.
Researchers working in this area, together with a short description of their research interests, are listed below.
- Professor Paul Bates: Host-parasite relationships in leishmaniasis
- Dr Rod Dillon: Leishmania - sand fly interactions; Functional genomics of insect vectors; Insect microbiology; Microbial ecology
- Dr Michael Ginger: Biochemistry and cell biology of metabolism in protozoa
- Dr Derek Gatherer: Bioinformatic analysis of viruses
- Dr Paul McKean: Molecular and cellular biology of the African trypanosome Trypanosoma brucei
- Dr Jackie Parry: Freshwater protozoan-bacterial and viral-cyanobacterial interactions
- Professor Roger Pickup: Role of non-tubercular mycobacteria in human disease
- Dr Clive Price: Yeast cell division
- Dr Stephen Roberts: Regulation of ion transport in fungi and plants
- Professor Steven Sinkins: Wolbachia-mosquito interactions; Control of tropical diseases
- Dr Mick Urbaniak: Signalling pathways in Trypanosoma brucei