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Nematode pathogens threaten livestock production and global food security.  Resistance-induced inefficacy is common amongst many of the current anti-nematode therapeutics and will render them obsolete in the not-so-distant future.  Sustained nematode pathogen control relies on the delivery of novel chemotherapeutics and/or development of resistance-breaking control strategies, and requires new/improved drug discovery tools.

My research focusses on the identification and priortisation of novel control targets within the neuropeptidergic system of nematodes, and the development of functional genomics platforms for control-target validation.

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PhD applications are welcome from those with at least a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences / Veterinary Science or closely related discipline who have a keen interest in molecular parasitology, functional genomics, and parasite ‘omics’/bioinformatics research.  

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Research Students

Phd Title: Systems based approaches to unravelling neuropeptide receptor interactions in nematodes

Name: Fiona McKay

Years of Study: 2016-2019

Country: UK

Phd Title: Identification and Characterisation of Antimicrobial Activity in the Pseudocoelomic Fluid of Ascaris suum

Name: Sorcha Donnelly

Years of Study: 2017-2020

Country: UK

Phd Title: Identification of parasite-derived antibacterial agents to tackle emerging antimicrobial resistance and reduce antibiotic use in the agri-food sector.

Name: Allister Irvine

Years of Study: 2018-2021

Country: UK

Phd Title: Parasitic Nematode Endocannabinoid Signaling

Name: Bethany Crooks

Years of Study: 2019-2022

Country: UK

Alumni: where are they now?

Neil Warnock

PhD title: Investigations on RNA interference susceptibility in selected nematodes

Years of Study: 2009-2011

Country: UK

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Queen’s University Belfast

Ciaran McCoy

PhD title: Drug target identification and validation in parasitic nematodes

Years of Study: 2011-2015

Country: UK

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Oxford

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