I am interested in parasite evolution, with a particular focus on the complex strategies that malaria parasites employ to maximise their survival during an infection and subsequent transmission between hosts.
My PhD research covers two themes, which bridge the scale between parasite strategies within the host and their mating tactics in the mosquito vector; both of which have important implications for the spread of disease. My first theme involves experimental manipulations to test the host factors that induce parasites to plastically alter their reproductive strategies. My second theme aims to develop a greater understanding of the biology and behaviour of sexual reproduction within the mosquito vector; specifically, how male parasites find females in the hostile environment of the mosquito midgut.
Laurence G. Wilson, Lucy M. Carter and Sarah E. Reece. (2013) High-speed holographic microscopy of malaria parasites reveals ambidextrous flagellar waveforms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1309934110
Carter L.M., Kafsack B.F.C., Llinás M., Mideo N., Pollitt L.C., and Reece S.E. (2013) Stress and Sex in Malaria Parasites: Why Does Commitment Vary? Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. doi:10.1093/emph/eot011
Ramiro R.S., Alpedrinha J., Carter L.M., Gardner A. & Reece S.E. (2011) Sex and death: the effects of innate immune factors on the sexual development of malaria parasites. PLoS Pathogens, 7:3, e1001309
2009 - 2010 The University of Glasgow, MRes Molecular Parasitology (Distinction)
Project 1: Investigating the functional competence of Plasmodium falciparum gene implicated in gametocytogenesis. Supervisors: Dr. Lisa Ranford - Cartwright, Dr. Jonathon Mwangi
Project 2: The biology and behaviour of Plasmodium berghei male gametes. Supervisor: Professor Andrew Waters, Dr Luke Starnes, Dr. Sarah Reece
2005 - 2009 The University of Edinburgh, BSc Honours Biological Sciences (Zoology) 2.1
Honours project: Sex in malaria parasites; ensuring fertilisation in a harsh environment. Supervisor: Dr Sarah Reece, Ricardo Ramiro
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