I am a science graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. After completing my PhD at the Departments of Zoology and Biochemistry at TCD, I worked for several years as a post-doctoral and Newman fellow in the Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin. Currently I am employed as a lecturer in Parasitology and Immunology at the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine. My research interests are broadly focused on the epidemiology, detection, transmission and control methods for several parasites of veterinary and medical importance including Fasciola hepatica, paramphistomes, Angiostrongylus, Babesia and Cryptosporidium. I have also led small research projects into fish and wildlife pathogens.
Within PARAGONE I’m delighted to be working together with the F. hepatica group. Previous research has shown that the parasite is able to modify the host immune response in its favour. Particularly in the bovine host this immune modulation usually results in chronic infections. Our research aims to identify what constitutes a protective immune response in order to try to elicit this type of response with a vaccine. Because the immune modulation can affect host susceptibility against other pathogens, we are also carrying out an epidemiological study to determine the effects of F. hepatica on herd level prevalence of BVD and Johne’s disease.