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Professor A.G. Maule

Prof. Aaron Maule
Aaron Maule Professor of Molecular Parasitology
BSc. (Hons) Biology, 1986;
PhD Experimental Parasitology, 1989;
Queen's University Belfast.


Contact Information
Tel:  +44 (0)28 9097 2059 (Direct line)
Fax:  +44 (0)28 9097 5877
Room:  Medical Biology Centre - 0B.451

Administrative Responsibilities

Director of Research for Molecular Biosciences  School Management Board  School Postgraduate Research Committee  Undergraduate Staff / Student Consultative Committee  Module Coordinator  Co-coordinator (Parasitology; Invertebrate Biology; Biomolecular Structure and Function) Bioimaging Board.

Research Interests

My main interest is the biology of parasitic worms that infect humans, animals and plants.  These parasites are a huge burden on the health and economy of the world and the main goal of our research team is to develop novel strategies for their control.  Research efforts range from the discovery of novel proteins or signalling molecules that can be exploited as drug targets to the development of gene silencing strategies to both understand gene function and to repel parasite infections in the host.  There are three main approaches:

  • To generate molecular, biochemical and physiological data to help us understand the neurobiology of roundworms and flatworms
  • To use genomic and transcriptomic information from free-living and parasitic helminths to identify, characterise and validate novel drug targets
  • To develop novel strategies for the validation of drug targets and the control of plant parasitic nematodes through gene silencing techniques (RNA interference)

Other Information

Editorial Boards of: International Journal for Parasitology  Journal of Helminthology  Parasitology Book Editor:  Maule, A.G. and Marks, N.J. (2006).  Parasitic Flatworms: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology and Physiology,  CABI Publishing.