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Welcome to CAEP
Established in the early nineties, the Centre for Applied Entomology and Parasitology (CAEP) is a unique group of interdisciplinary scientists based at Keele University in Staffordshire, UK. The Centre is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and based in the School of Life Sciences. We conduct fundamental and applied research on parasites of medical importance, insect vectors of human diseases, insect agricultural pests, and fish diseases and immunology.
Some of our research specialties are (see here for a full listing):
- Malaria, mosquitoes and man
- cerebral malaria - antimalarial drug development - Plasmodium genetics and epigenetics - mosquito transgenesis - mosquito ecology, population genetics and control - mosquito olfaction
- Sandflies: chemical ecology and control
- Thrips: ecology and control
CAEP benefits from an extensive worldwide collaboration network, including major collaborative projects in Brazil and Burkina Faso. The Centre’s 40-50 members meet regularly for seminars, workshops, journal clubs, symposia and social events. We offer a lively and stimulating environment for PhD students (click here for current opportunities). In addition, we run a taught MSc course on Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology and a MSc in Scientific Research Training with International Placement.
We receive funding from BBSRC, NERC, MRC, the Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Society, the British Council, UNESCO, WHO, the EU and industrial sources, such as Syngenta and Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. CAEP currently leads the European Union Marie Curie Initial Training Network (NEMO) on protective fish immuno-modulation and the European Union Marie Curie IRSES Network, Europe Australasian Thrips Semiochemical (EATS) Network, on semiochemical-based thrips control.