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Strongyloides spp. are gastrointestinal parasites of humans and other animals, estimated to infect ~150 million people globally as well as causing substantial loss to livestock practices. Two species, S. ratti and S. venezuelensis are natural parasites of rodents and offer ideal laboratory models to study nematode parasitism.
We want to understand how parasitic nematodes infect their host at a molecular and genetic level. Our research investigates the protein-coding genes and the small RNAs that have a role in nematode parasitism. We use the parasitic nematode Strongyloides ratti, a gastrointestinal of rodents, as a model to understand nematode parasitism.
We have also started working with freeliving Caenorhabditis nematodes including C. inopinata, a recently discovered sibling species of C. elegans, to better understand the diversity of small RNA pathways in nematodes.
1. DEADLINE 7th DECEMBER 2020
PhD position: The relevance of transposable element dynamics for host-parasite interactions.
2. DEADLINE 8th JANURARY 2021
The molecular basis and evolution of host manipulation by nematomorph parasites.
Department of Biology & Biochemistry
University of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY
Tel: +44 1225 383703