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RESEARCH FOCUS

My research hinges on the fundamental biology and control of parasitic worms that inflict debilitating disease in humans, and undermine global animal health. 

Through the exploitation of ‘omics’ resources and the development and application of parasite functional genomics tools, my work aims to interrogate important aspects of parasite biology (movement, feeding, reproduction, host infection/interaction) to reveal novel drug targets for worm control. With this in mind I am currently interested in the exploitation of the human gastrointestinal nematode Strongyloides stercoralis for advanced functional genomics studies (CRISPR/Cas9) of parasite biology, in particular endocannabinoid signaling.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

I would be glad to receive PhD applications from those with at least a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in biology/veterinary/medical sciences (or closely related discipline) who have a drive to conduct molecular parasitology, functional genomics, and parasite ‘omics’/bioinformatics research in clinically relevant nematode pathogens. 

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Phd Title: Parasitic Nematode Endocannabinoid Signaling


Name: Bethany Crooks

Years of Study: 2018-2021

Country: UK

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