Pathobiology is the branch of biology that seeks to understand the mechanisms and processes of disease by investigating the structural, functional and chemical abnormalities at a cellular and subcellular level.
The research conducted by the Veterinary Pathobiology research group at the University of Liverpool is predominantly focused on veterinary infectious diseases and immunopathology. Particular areas of interest include immunodeficiency in horses and the molecular genetics of disease susceptibility in dogs. Our research also includes studies into the pathogenic spirochetes, including Treponema and Leptospira. Currently, we are investigating spirochete survival, molecular epidemiology, transmission and host-pathogen interactions in bovine digital dermatitis, contagious ovine digital dermatitis and bovine leptospirosis.
Our group is based at the University’s Leahurst campus, on the Wirral peninsula.