Lauren Carruthers

PhD Student

My research focuses on the impact gut bacteria may have during infection and treatment of Schistosoma mansoni parasites in the context of the SCHISTO-PERSIST project. I am comparing the bacterial composition of the stool from individuals from a rural Ugandan community, with high and low schistosome infection intensities and will explore how these bacterial structures change post-treatment with the anti-schistosomal drug praziquantel.

I graduated with a BSc Hons in Parasitology from the University of Glasgow and went on to work as a research technician investigating diminazene resistance in trypanosomes and the role of lipids in trypanosome cytokinesis before starting my PhD in February 2017.

I also enjoy undertaking public engagement activities to teach others about parasitology and my research.

Twitter: @lvcarruthers
ORCHID: 0000-0003-4346-2283