Professor Paul Bates

Head of Department, Professor

Research Overview

My research expertise is in tropical infectious diseases, in particular medically important parasites and their interactions with insect and mammalian hosts. The main group of parasites we study are Leishmania, causing various forms of the tropical disease leishmaniasis. We maintain a breeding colony of sand flies to study the role of the vector in transmission and apply the tools of biochemistry, cell biology and molecular genetics to dissect the host-parasite relationship. One output of our research is the identification of targets for chemotherapeutic or immunological intervention. Another is the development of model systems for the evaluation of drugs and vaccines.