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.Find out more
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.
Name: Fiona McKay
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Name: Sorcha Donnelly
Years of Study: 2017-2020
Name: Allister Irvine
Years of Study: 2018-2021
Name: Bethany Crooks
Years of Study: 2019-2022
PhD title: Investigations on RNA interference susceptibility in selected nematodes
Years of Study: 2009-2011
Current position: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Queen’s University Belfast
PhD title: Drug target identification and validation in parasitic nematodes
Years of Study: 2011-2015
Current position: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Oxford
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