United Kingdom

  • 10 Inverness Campus, SRUC,


    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Keen to discuss projects on the molecular epidemiology of parasitic organisms of medical and veterinary importance. Particular interest in helminths and associated zoonosis, especially flukes and their snail intermediate hosts in domestic and wild animals in UK, Europe, Africa and Central and Southern Asia


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Previous employer

  • 2014-2020 Senior lecturer in Molecular Parasitology, Kingston Unversity London
  • 2009-2014 Lecturer in Organismal Biology, Kingston University London
  • 2005-2009 PhD student the Natural History Museum & University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Research interests

  • Evolutionary genetics and molecular epidemiology of pathogens, with particular interest in helminths and disease vectors of domestic and wild ungulates and birds
  • Evolution of emerging and zoonotic vector borne diseases
  • Ecology and evolution of pathogens of wildlife and negelected tropical diseases of veterinary importance
  • Pathogen-host interactions form molecular to population level
  • Application of molecular techniques and phylogenetics to address epidemiological problems


Current and ongoing research projects:

  • Molecular epidemiology and evolutionary biology of fluke and their intermediate snail vectors 
  • Molecular ecology of marine mammals and their pathogens
  • Population genetics of ticks in the highlands


Current Postgraduate Supervision:

I have supervised a significant number of postgraduate research students to completion as both first supervisor (Director of studies) and co-supervisor. Currently, I supervise the following projects

  • PhD projects
    • Are humans an antigenic sink for the zoonotic blood fluke Schistosoma japonicum: Molecular epidemiology of antigenic variation (Awarding institute Kingston University London)
    • The affects of population genetic variation on antigenic variation in the zoononitc nematode Ascarias
  •  Masters of Science by Research
    • Evoluationary history and vaccine target variation of the tropical liver fluke Fasciola gigantica


I have over 12 years of experiance in teaching and learning from other institutes and at SRUC I am currently involved in:

  • Development of postgraduate and undergaduate courses associated with topics in veterinary biosciences, epidemiology and infectious disease control
  • Delivery of lectures, assessments and involved in associated QA procedures
  • Supporting academic staff in the development of new programmes and delivery of sessions
  • Involved in building capacity for supervising postgraduate research students in Inverness 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Evolutionary genomics and molecular epidemiology of Schistosoma blood flukes of veterinary and medical importance, The Natural History Museum, London

14 Sept 200530 Sept 2009

Award Date: 12 Nov 2010

Master, Biology & Control of Parasites and Diseases Vectors, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

25 Aug 200422 Jul 2009

Award Date: 14 Nov 2005

Bachelor, Zoology, University of Aberdeen

14 Sept 199921 Jul 2003

Award Date: 21 Jul 2003

External positions

BMC Journal Parasites and Vectors

The Natural History Museum, London


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