Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Groups: Host-Pathogen Interactions and Vaccinology
1. A member of the Poultry Science Association
2. Committee member of the Comparative Veterinary Immunology Group under the British Society for Immunology
My research interests are directed toward better characterising and understanding the host-pathogen interactions in the context of host0immunity and resistance to pathogens, with the ultimate goal to develop better vaccines and improving the welfare of the animals. The overall aim is to determine how the early innate responses modulate the adaptive responses and assess their role in the induction of protective immunity, with emphasis on avian gastrointestinal immunity. The research focuses on economically important pathogens such as Salmonella spp. Campylobacter spp. and Eimeria species. Currently, I am involved in the host-pathogen interaction of chicken and Eimeria spp. using a multi-disciplinary approach to understand the function of IFN-g and IL-10 in immunity and resistance to parasite infections in chickens.