Office Location: WCVM 2685
Research InterestsEchinococcus multilocalaris
is a zoonotic tapeworm with its
natural lifecylce involving rodents and carnivores. In humans,
ingestion of the eggs can cause alveolar hydatid disease, which is most
invariably fatal if left untreated. Echinococcus multilocularis
is considered to be one of the most severe human parasitoses. In the
last few decades many European nations have seen an increase in the
rate of infections in both humans and wildlife, and its geographic
range is expanding worldwide.
In Canada, very little genetic characterization has been done on E. multilocalaris. My research will focus on characterization of the geographic distribution and genetic diversity of Echinococcus multilocalaris in Canada. The results of this study will revise understanding of the complex history and ecology of E. multilocalaris,
and lay the foundation for understanding the effects of future
landscapre and climate change on this parasite and of public health and
wildlife management significance.