Veterinary Parasitology


Our group conducts research revolving around parasites as agents of disease. We provide internal and external diagnostic parasitological service and teach Faculty’s students all aspects, venders and marvels of parasites and the disease caused by them.

Research

The laboratory aims are directed towards better understanding parasitic diseases. Our aim is to understand the origin of parasitic life cycles and machineries controlling them. Projects employ broad range of multidisciplinary techniques including experimental biology, cell biology, molecular biology, comparative genomics and bioinformatics. In parallel to these, the laboratory works closely with the veterinarians and the clinics (companion, farm and wild-life clinics) to develop methods to rapidly diagnose and identify parasitic organisms using molecular and experimental tools and generate data for better understanding their epidemiology.

We combine state-of-the-art molecular applications with knowledge of parasitology to redefine existing and describe new parasitic species and life cycles, and to understand their origin.

Teaching

Veterinary Parasitology conducts teaching to Veterinary students and Animal Veterinary Biosciences students related to diverse aspects of parasites including biology, ecology, diagnostics, and control and management strategies. We provide research-led teaching revolving around our ongoing research projects of the Faculty staff. We promote visual tool to supports students learning inside and outside the classroom via virtual microscopy.

Diagnostic service

The parasitology section also provides diagnostic services to the University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals.

Areas of Research
  • Transition from free-living to parasitic life types of single celled parasites (protozoa)
  • Biodiversity and ecology of parasitic diseases.
  • Development of applications to rapidly diagnose parasitic diseases.
  • Biology of apicomplexan parasites and mechanism that control their life cycles strategies.