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Ecologies of co-infection

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Parasites of all sizes adapt to the host environment. Investigators are advancing our understanding of the biology of the parasite and its evolution in many different environments. By combining transcriptomic and proteomic analysis of virus infections in cell lines, virologists in the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicinehave been able to characterise the complex response of virus and host cells duringco-infection of cells. The power of this approach is that it allows rapid, detailed and unbiased identification of therapeutic targets and it is facilitated by state of the art proteomic facilities. Nematodes are a focus of interest in the School of Biological Sciences and for these organisms the immune response of the host is an environmental challenge that influences evolutionary fitness. Parasites are also a crucial concern in veterinary medicine; studying and modelling such infections is a priority of School of Veterinary Sciences.