A Fasciola liver fluke found infecting Asian elephants in Sri Lanka reveals a need to understand economically important parasites in wildlife.
Dr Scott Lawton is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Parasitology at Kingston University London, UK. As a member of the Molecular Parasitology Laboratory he leads research concentrating on the evolution and molecular epidemiology of neglected parasites and disease vectors of medical and veterinary importance. Particular focus is given to helminths, especially flukes and their snail intermediate hosts. After spending several years focusing on the evolution and genomics of schistosomiasis in Africa, his research focus is now on schistosomes, food-borne trematodes and nematode infections of humans and animals in Europe, Asia and South America.