CAEP Seminars

The seminar series for CAEP takes place on Thursdays from 1-2 in the Huxley Building room 005.
All are welcome to attend, including undergraduate students.

2017-2018 Academic year Semester 1

  • 12/10/17 Toby Bruce
    “The Applied Entomology and Parasitology of Insect-Plant Interactions”
  • 26/10/17 Katarzyna Modrzynska, University of Glasgow
    “Making malaria sexy: lessons from molecular reprogramming of Plasmodium parasites into gametocytes.”
  • 02/11/17 Adeyemi Akinyemi, Keele University
    'The copulation behaviour of thrips'
  • 09/11/17 Cristina Guerra-Giraldez, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru
    “Neurocysticercosis: some host-parasite interactions with a brain worm”
  • 16/11/17 Emily Adams, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
    “Diagnostics and modelling of visceral Leishmaniasis in elimination settings”
  • 23/11/17 Tansy Hammarton, University of Glasgow
    “Dissecting the protein kinase pathways that regulate cytokinesis in the African trypanosome”
  • 30/11/17 Mick Urbaniak, Lancaster University
    “Post-transcriptional regulation of the cell cycle in Trypanosoma brucei”
  • 07/12/17 Michael Musgrave, Geography, Geology and the Environment, Keele University
    "How Social Science can amplify Natural Science Research. Ecology, Politics and People in the Zambezi teak Forests of Zambia"


2016-2017 Academic year Semester 2

  • Thurs 26th January
    Prof George Christophides, Imperial College London
    "Innate immune response and parasite evasion in malaria vector mosquitoes"
  • 2nd February
    Jayme Souza-Neto
    "The influence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito microbiome on vector competence and gut-brain communication"

  • 02/03/17 Darren Moss, School of Pharmacy, Keele POSTPONED
    "Drug discovery and development for sleeping sickness - addressing the pharmacokinetic issues"

  • 09/03/17 Catherine Merrick, CAEP
    “RecQ helicases and G-quadruplex-forming DNA motifs affect virulence gene expression in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum

  • 16/03/17 Falco Drijfhout, School of Chemistry, Keele
    "Future (Forensic) Applications for Cuticular Hydrocarbons from Insects"

    Please note this seminar will be held in Huxley Room 113
  • 23/03/17 Prof. Yahya Mat Arip, Univeriti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
    Phage Diversity: A Novel Siphovirade Isolated Locally

  • 30/03/17 Linda Anagu, CAEP
    “Revealing the Stress Response of P. falciparum to heat-shock and Lactate via its sirtuins.”

    Nana Efua Andoh
    "Alterations in the neurovascular unit of the blood brain barrier in cerebral malaria using an in vitro HBEC-astrocyte tandem model"

  • 04/05/17 Sarah Berry
    “Nanoparticle-induced hyperthermia as a new method for killing Leishmania mexicana parasites”

 2016-2017 Academic year Semester 1

  • 29.09 El Hadji Amadou Niang, Dakar University, Senegal
    "Population biology and ecology of Anopheles gambiae s.l. in Senegal"
  • 06.10 No seminar due to Vice Chancellor’s annual address
  • 13.10 Dr Antoine Claessens, LSHTM and MRC-Gambia
    "It's nonsense: Culture adaptation of malaria parasites selects for convergent loss-of-function mutants”
  • 20.10 Dr Ilaria Russo, University of Manchester
    "Chemical Evolution guided by ‘Natural Selection’, from Fragments to Novel Leads, to treat malaria.
     Can it be done?"
  • 10.11 Dr. Luisa Rona Pitaluga, Assistant Professor at the Department or Cell Biology, Embryology and Genetics, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil and Newton Fund Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London.
    “Speciation in Brazilian Atlantic Forest Mosquitoes”
  • 17.11 Dr Katerina Artavenis-Tsakonas, University of Cambridge
    "Ubiquitin in host-parasite interactions”

  • 24.11 
    Dr Sarah Berry - Investigating Magnetic Nanoparticles as a novel therapy against leishmaniasis
    Dr Marissa Maciej-Hulme - The sweet world of Leishmania: host/parasite interactions
  • 01.12 Dr Pegine Walrad, University of York (Leishmania, title tbc)

        "Investigating regulators of the Leishmania lifecycle"

  • 08.12
    Dr Julien Pelletier, Keele University

    "Dissecting the structure-function relationship of a mosquito odorant receptor sensitive to the repellent DEET"

2015-2016 Academic year Semester 2

  • 4.2    -  Dean of FNS Prof Jonathan Wastling, CAEP

      Genes, proteins and puppy dog tales: insights into the evolution of Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii

  • 11.2   -  Dr Marissa Maciej, Skidmore lab, CAEP

      Analysis of heparan sulphate in the invasion of host macrophages by Leishmania parasites

  • 18.2  -  Nancy Dawan & Akbar Ganatra, Tripet lab, CAEP

      Using Double-Stranded RNA for single-gene investigation of the assortative mating between molecular forms of A. gambiae

  • 17.3    - Dr James Edwards-Smallbone , Merrick lab, CAEP

      Justifying The Ends: Identification and characterisation of telomere proteins in Plasmodium falciparum

  • 31.3    - Dr Julien Pelletier, CAEP

      Using CRISPR-Cas9 to decipher the function of olfactory genes in mosquitoes

  • 21.4  -   Dr Wan Fatma Zuharah, Universiti Sains Malaysia

      The influence of mosquito predators on the population dynamics of endemic and exotic mosquitoes in New Zealand

  • 28.4  -   Dr Nik Fadzly, Schl of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia 

      Lights, evolve and insects! Wetas, mosquitoes and rove beetles.

  • 13.5  -   Dr Jake Baum, Imperial College  NB Fri not Thurs, 12-1pm

      The Bionic Parasite: Dissecting malaria parasite invasion and motility from whole cell to single molecule and beyond...



Archive from 2015-2016 Academic year Semester 1

October 2015:

  • 1.10   - Dr Giles Duffield, Notre Dame University, USA

    Diel and Circadian timing in the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae

  • 8.10   -Dr Catherine Merrick, Keele CAEP.

    BrdU labelling: a new tool to investigate DNA replication in the malaria parasite

  • 15.10 - Dr Mikel Gonzalez Gonzalez de Heredia, Hamilton lab, Keele CAEP

    Ecology of Culicoides  (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) and their role as arbovirus vectors in Europe

  • 22.10 - Professor Alister Craig, LSTM.

    The host / pathogen interface in cerebral malaria.

  • 29.10 - Selvi Subramaniam, Eggleston lab, Keele CAEP & Oxitec.

    Why OX3688A Aedes albopictus could be an effective tool to combat dengue and chikungunya.

November 2015:

  • 5.11   -  Nawroz Kareem, Hoole lab, Keele CAEP.

    The use of carbohydrates as an immunomodulator in carp (Cyprinus carpio).

  • 12.11 -  Dr Tom Pope, Harper Adams University.

    Exploiting vine weevil behaviour to disseminate an entomopathogenic fungus.

  • 19.11 - Dr Frederic Tripet, Keele CAEP.

    Occurrence, cause and consequences of residual hybridization between sibling species of the malaria vector A. gambiae.

  • 26.11 - Sarah Oates, Price Lab, Keele CAEP.

    Analysing the Trypanosoma brucei flap endonuclease.

December 2015:

  • 3.12   - Dr Lynne Harris, Merrick Lab, Keele CAEP

    G4s and RecQ helicases in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

  • 10.12 - Dr Britta Urban, LSTM.

    Antigenic variation and PfEMP1.

Archive from 2014-2015 Academic year

October 2014:

  • 2.10   - Dr Frederic Tripet, Keele CAEPMosquito learning, a new paradigm for understanding  behavioural resistance to insecticides.
  • 7.10   - Prof. Laurence Hurley, Howard J. Schaeffer Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutical Science, University of Arizona USA. G-Quadruplexes are only half the story for drug targeting of transcriptional control.
  • 16.10  - Prof. Mark Taylor, LSTM. Unravelling the symbiosis of Wolbachia and filarial nematodes as a target for treatment and control.
  • 23.10 - Robyn Kent, Glasgow University. Science Communication Mini-series #1: Public engagement: From funding to feedback, the Crafty Critters story.
  • 30.10 - NB 12-1pm: Dr Luke Tilley, Director of Outreach at Royal Entomological SocietyScience Communication Mini-series #2: Insects, Science and the public

November 2014:

  • 6.11    - Dr Julian Pelletier, Keele CAEP. Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of Odorant Reception in Mosquitoes.
  • 13.11  - Prof Richard Pleass, LSTM. From malaria vaccines to drugs for autoimmune disease.
  • 20.11  - Dr Mark Skidmore, Keele CAEPThe Glycosaminoglycans - multifaceted regulators of protein bioactivity.
  • 27.11  - Dr Rory Post, Liverpool John Moores University.  Global Elimination of Onchocerciasis – Progress and Problems.

December 2014:

  • 5.12     - Prof Gordon Hamilton, Keele CAEP. Sand fly sex pheromone research in Brazil, an update.
  • 11.12   - Dr Annette MacLeod, Glasgow University. NB Postponed due to bad weather: rescheduled Semester 2. The co-evolutionary arms race between humans and African trypanosomes.

January 2015:

  • 29.1   - Dr Jayme Souza Neto, Botucatu University, Brazil, & CAEP. The mosquito’s immune system and the gut microbiota: a tale of reciprocal interactions that shapes vector susceptibility to dengue virus.

February 2015: 

  • 5.2     - Dr Lauren Cator, Imperial College London The Behavioural Ecology of Mosquitoes.
  • 12.2  -  no seminar
  • 19.2   - Esther Ekechukwu (Tripet Lab), Keele CAEP The genetics and ecology of male reproductive investments in the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae s.s
  • 26.2  -  Dr Annette MacLeod, Glasgow University The co-evolutionary arms race between humans and African trypanosomes.
  • March 2015:
  • 5.3     - Dr James Logan, London Schl of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene “Manipulation” of vectors and hosts by malaria parasites?
  • 12.3   - Dr Paul Denny, Durham University Searching for novel antiprotozoal targets and leads: academia to industry and back again
  • 19.3   - Dr Alison Scott-Brown, Kew Gardens  Defence mechanisms in rhododendron: interactions with pests and pollinators
  • 26.3   - Dr Francesco Baldini, Glasgow University Natural Wolbachia infections in malaria mosquitoes: implications for novel vector control methods.

April 2015:

  • 15.4   - Ashley Jordan Merrick Lab & ILL, GrenobleStructural Characterisation of Chromatin Proteins in the Human Malarial Parasite
  • 23.4   - Dr Justin Pachebat, Aberwystwyth University Applying Single Molecule Techniques and Metagenomics to Pathogen Sequencing

May 2015:

  • 21.5   - Professor Mike Lehane, Liverpool Schl of Tropical Medicine  African Sleeping Sickness: Pushing the Reset Button.


Archive from 2013-2014 Academic year

October 2013:

  • 3.10   - Dr Vicky Carter (Hamilton Lab): Field trials of synthetic sex pheromone to reduce visceral leishmaniasis (VL) transmission by Lutzomyia longipalpis in Brazil.
  • 10.10 - Nawroz Kareem (Hoole Lab): Development of a new carbohydrate immunostimulant in carp.
  • 17.10 - No seminar owing to UKRO Visit Day, 'Countdown to Horizon 2020'
  • 24.10 - Clare Sampson (Kirk Lab): Use of the western flower thrips aggregation pheromone for monitoring and mass trapping.
  • 31.10 - Dr Ignacio Romero, Senior Lecturer at Open UniversityRole of microRNAs in Inflammation at the Blood Brain Barrier.

November 2013:

  • 7.11   - Dr Paul Horrocks, Senior Lecturer in School of Medicine: Homopolymeric Tracts in Parasites.
  • 14.11 - Dr David Morgan, Reader in Pharmacy: Guts, Ghrelin & Gluttony - towards an understanding of how the GI-tract alters brain reward pathways.
  • 20.11 - Dr Helen Price, newly appointed Lecturer in Bioscience: The BBSome complex - a novel virulence factor in Leishmania?
  • 28.11 - Adrian Percival (Skidmore lab) POSTPONED  to Jan 23rd due to illness

December 2013:

  • 5.12   - Dr Doug Paton (Tripet lab): From lab to field: Tackling the ecological realities of genetic control for malaria mosquitoes.
  • 12.12 - Dr Rita Tewari, Associate Professor at Nottingham UniversityUnique protein phosphatases and malaria parasite development in mosquito.

January 2014:

  • 30.1  - Dr Julian Pelletier, Lecturer in Vector Biology: Understanding the molecular mechanisms of odorant reception in mosquitoes.

February 2014:

  • 6.2   - Dr Janet Meredith (Eggleston lab): Anopheles gambiae self-docking strains - their generation and future potential.
  • 13.2 - Dr Dan Bray (Hamilton lab): Improving health and sustainability through chemical ecology.
  • 20.2 - No seminar
  • 27.2 - Dr Lynne Harris (Merrick lab): Virulence gene dynamics in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

March 2014

  • 6.3    - Dr Frederic Tripet, Reader in Molecular Biology of Insect Vectors of Diseases: Behavioural genetics of assortative mating in the Anopheles gambiae complex.
  • 13.3  - Dr Alvaro Acosta-Serrano, Liverpool School of Tropical MedicineI got you under my skin: tsetse saliva and trypanosome transmission.
  • 20.3  - Seminar postponed to 27.3
  • 27.3  - Hamzah Nasir (Chakravorty lab): Alteration of Blood-Brain Barrier endothelial cells, secondary to P. falciparum infected red blood cell sequestration in Cerebral Malaria: an in-vitro study

April 2014

  • 3.4    - Prof Simon Leather, Professor of Entomology (Twitter: @Entoprof), Harper Adams College. Fertilizers, insect pests and natural enemies.
  • 10.4  - No seminar.  British Society for Parasitology Spring Meeting occurs this week in Cambridge.
  • 14.4  - Special seminar (NB Monday not Thursday): Prof Paul D. Roepe, Georgetown College and Georgetown University Medical College, USA. To Kill or Not to Kill, That is the Question:  Cytocidal Antimalarial Drug Resistance.

Summer 2014

  • 5.6    - Dr Abdoulaye Diabate, Institut de Recherche en Science de la Santé/Centre Muraz, Burkina Faso. Targeting males mosquitoes for malaria vector control.
  • 12.6  - Dr Chris KnightUniversity of Manchester. Mutation and mathematical models: Plasticity in the evolution of antibiotic resistance.