The Tick Cell Biobank

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the Tick Cell Biobank is running at a reduced level. We are responding to enquiries as usual, and have resumed supply of cell lines. Please contact Dr Lesley Bell-Sakyi for further information.


Ticks are blood-feeding arthropods which transmit many human and animal diseases. Research into prevention and cure of these diseases, which are caused by viruses, bacteria and protozoa, is greatly assisted by the use of cell culture systems that enable study of both how tick cells function, and how and why ticks transmit these disease-causing pathogens.

The Tick Cell Biobank houses a collection of most of the continuous cell lines derived from ixodid and argasid ticks of medical and veterinary importance available worldwide and develops novel cell lines from ticks and other arthropods. The Biobank also houses a small collection of tick-borne bacteria.

In May 2017, the Tick Cell Biobank moved to the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, where it will be supported for the next five years with funding from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)’s Global Challenges Research Fund.