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.Find out more
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.
Name: Bethany Crooks
Years of Study: 2018-2021
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