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The Biology of Parasitism in Parasitic Nematodes

Institute of Integrative Biology

About the Project

We work on the biology of parasitic nematode worms, particularly Strongyloides spp. The recent, detailed characterisation of the Strongyloides genome (Hunt et al. (2016) The genomic basis of parasitism in the Strongyloides clade of nematodes. Nature Genetics, 48, 299-307.) has opened-up many new opportunities to study the biology of parasitism in this species. Particular questions and potential projects relate to (i) understanding the control of the developmental choice in the life cycle of this species, and (ii) studying the function of gene families of Strongyloides that are potentially related to its successful parasitic lifestyle (Hunt et al. (2017) The genome of Strongyloides spp. gives insights into protein families with a putative role in nematode parasitism. Parasitology, 144, 343-358.). You can find out more about our work at

Funding Notes

The project is open to both European/UK and International students. If you do not have your own funding, contact Mark Viney to discuss your application.

Assistance will be given to those who are applying to international funding schemes.

A fee bursary may be available for well qualified and motivated applicants.

Details of costs can be found on the University website:
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