I hold a BSc (hons) in zoology with biochemistry and an MSc in aquatic pathology. I have spent time running field research stations and working as an educator in zoos and aquaria concentrating on animal welfare and conservation. More recently, the focus of my research has been in relation to aquatic pathogens and their impact on hosts. Particularly, the emphasis of my work is on host immune response to disease, transmission pathways and treatment efficacy. My current role as a research assistant and PhD student focuses on pharmacokinetics and immune responses in high endemic areas of schistosomiasis infection. I am looking at absorption rates of the treatment drug, Praziquantel in non-clearers as well as immune function as an indicator or susceptibility to reinfection.