People and contacts

The Liver Fluke research team

  • Professor Diana Williams leads the group and is a recognised specialist on liver fluke, often giving advice and talks to farmers, vets, students and members of the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Professor Jane Hodgkinson is using her interest in genetics to bring a new perspective to research on the drug resistance we see in liver fluke. She also leads the ‘International Consortium for Fluke Genomics’.
  • Dr Nicola Beesley is a postdoctoral research associate working on mapping triclabendazole resistance in liver fluke.
  • Dr Alison Howell is a postdoctoral research associate working on liver fluke in horses and improving control of liver fluke in cattle.
  • Tessa Walsh is a research assistant continuing the work from her PhD to develop new pen-side tests for detecting liver fluke infections on farm.
  • Rebecca Hoyle is a research assistant in charge of maintaining the life cycle of the parasite and our colony of snails (Galba truncatula), the intermediate host of liver fluke. The variety of experiments we can conduct is substantially increased by having our own snail colony.
  • Catherine Hartley is a senior laboratory technician and an invaluable member of the team, helping with research and keeping our labs running smoothly.
  • Shamsul Gulam-Ali is a PhD student studying co-infection of liver fluke with other infections
  • Bethan John is a PhD student studying the survival of liver fluke metacercariae in the environment and the genetic diversity of liver fluke life cycle stages which infect the snail intermediate host.
  • Dr Cyril Caminade - a research associate within Epidemiology and Public Health is working with us to predict the effect that our changing climate is having on disease due to liver fluke.
  • Dr Joanne Turner - a postdoctoral research associate whose background is in mathematical models. She is currently modelling the impact of vaccination on control of liver fluke infection in cattle and sheep.

You can read more about our collaborations here.