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 vector-borne parasites and viruses of medical importance, the insect vectors of these pathogens, insect agricultural pests, and fish diseases and immunology.

CAEP plays an important role in research capacity building and benefits from an extensive Worldwide collaborations network, including major collaborative projects in South-America, Africa and Asia. We are funded through governmental and non-governmental agencies and industrial partnerships.


Our Research Specialties

  • Malaria, mosquitoes and man
    - cerebral malaria - antimalarial drug development - Plasmodium genetics and epigenetics - mosquito transgenesis - mosquito ecology, population genetics and control - mosquito olfaction
  • Antimicrobial Therapeutics

See here for a full listing

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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).



The Inaugural Keele Drug Discovery Meeting

Posted on 07 February 2020 This will be held 11th June 2020, 9:30 am - 5 pm at the Keele Sustainability Hub

Thrips Pheromones project

Posted on 07 February 2020 William Kirk and Falko Drijfhout awarded £31K to develop solid-injection technique to identify thrips pheromones for applications in UK horticulture.
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CAEP scientist attends the Stoking Curiosity Festival.

Posted on 18 December 2019 CAEP scientist attends the Stoking Curiosity Festival in Stoke-on-Trent to explain ECLIPSE and her work on cutaneous leishmaniasis.
4.6m research grant  

£4.6 million NIHR global health research study puts spotlight on neglected tropical disease.

Posted on 18 December 2019 A cross-faculty research team from Keele University’s Institute for Global Health has received a major award of £4.6 million from the National Institute for Health Research.

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