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Lunch seminar: "A Systems Approach to Host-Parasite Interactions in the Wild" Amy Pedersen

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ABSTRACT: In natural systems, hosts are usually co-infected by multiple parasites, and many parasites and pathogens can infect several host species. My research on host-parasite interactions aims to incorporate this realistic multiple host – multiple parasite/pathogen context. Specifically my group (i) evaluates the competitive interactions that occur between co-infecting parasites and the immune response to understand  their impact on host health and to improve disease control strategies; and (ii) strives to elucidate the factors that drive host shifts and disease emergence in multi-host parasites. My research approach integrates an array of methodologies to maximise the potential of ecological and evolutionary studies to address key questions about host- parasite interactions and inform strategies to improve the health of humans and animals.

Location: 209 Eno Hall

Date/Time: 04/02/12 at 12:30 pm - 04/02/12 at 1:30 pm

Category: Seminar

Department: Health Grand Challenge