Trays containing the freshwater snails which act as intermediate hosts for schistosome parasites.
I manage the Wolfson Wellcome Biomedical Laboratory parasite culture facility.
Our laboratory maintains collections of schistosome parasites and their freshwater snail intermediate hosts. Schistosomes (blood flukes) are trematode parasitic worms, which cause the disease schistosomiasis (Bilharzia) in humans. Our extensive resources, including live and preserved snails and parasites supports the work of the Biomedical Laboratory as World Health Organization collaborating centre for the identification and characterization of schistosomes and their intermediate hosts.
Supporting the work of Pete Olson, we also maintain Hymenolepis microstoma and its flour-beetle host. H. microstoma is a model for some medically important tapeworms.World Health Organization schistosomiasis page
Cercaria - the schistosome life cycle stage infecting humans.
I am involved in a number of projects, either in my role as a researcher or by providing research support and facilities as laboratory manager.
CONTRAST web site
DNA storage card
I am working in applied research projects to investigate innovative ways of using the museum's collections to provide material for molecular biological analysis, and new sampling formats suitable for long-term archiving of DNA.