Damer Blake is Senior Lecturer in Molecular Parasitology at the Royal Veterinary College.  Damer obtained his PhD, focused on bacterial genetics, from the University of Aberdeen and began working with Eimeria parasites as a post-doc at the Institute for Animal Health, UK. He carries out fundamental and applied genetics- and genomics-led research, with the aim of developing new cost-effective vaccines against parasitic diseases of poultry including Eimeria and Dermanyssus gallinae.