BugBitten logoBugBitten began in October 2013 as a blog for the parasite and vector-borne diseases community; hosted by the journal Parasites and Vectors.

The blogs we post highlight and discuss the major developments in our field and provide a forum where expert opinions can be sought and educational advice provided. Many of the posts also aim to be of interest to a wider audience and provide some background information on the topic in question.

We are a small team of regular bloggers assisted by guest posts from the community.  If you wish to blog on a subject in this field you are welcome to get in touch with Hilary Hurd at h.hurd@keele.ac.uk

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  • Ailie Robinson

    Author profile image Ailie is interested in the biology and ecology of medically important insects, and exploiting aspects of this for novel methods of monitoring and control. She currently studies Musca sorbens flies for trachoma control on the Stronger SAFE project.

  • Anja Choon

    Author profile image As a medical student who has lived in Germany, the UK, Nigeria, Spain and the US, Anja Choon has a deep interest in tropical health. So far, she worked for the Red Cross, Pro Health International, Nigeria Health Watch, the University of Münster and the School of Oriental and African Studies. In a former life, she was a language documenter and gained a PhD in Field Linguistics.

  • Anouk Gouvras

    Author profile image Anouk is the Communications and Programme Manager for the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance whose aim is to bring together organisations and stakeholders committed to combatting schistosomiasis. Twitter @elimin8schisto Before taking on this role Anouk worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Parasites & Vectors division of the Natural History Museum (NHM) of London. Her research on schistosomiasis involved regularly travelling to Tanzania to collect schistosome and snail samples for genetic analysis and for archiving in the Schistosomiasis Collection at the NHM (SCAN). Particularly passionate about public outreach and engagement with science she blogs, tweets and talks about parasites and neglected tropical diseases.

  • Brendan Fitzgerald

  • Cara Macfarlane

    Author profile image Cara Macfarlane gained her BSc (Hons) in Zoology (University of Dundee), before completing her MRes in crop research (University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute). During this time, she also conducted field work in Singapore, Malaysia and Trinidad. Cara obtained her PhD (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) in Parasitology, with a focus on methods for onchocerciasis diagnosis. She has worked for the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group and the COUNTDOWN consortium, preparing systematic reviews in topics relevant to NTDs.

  • Christina Faust

    Author profile image Christina Faust is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State University. Her research focuses on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. She uses field studies, genetic tools, and modelling to understand host-pathogen interactions and inform control strategies.

  • Daniel Parsons

    Author profile image Dan completed his BSc in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Kingston University London, before embarking on an MSc in Medical Parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a current PhD student at Kingston University London, the Natural History Museum and the Royal Veterinary College, with a research focus on the molecular epidemiology and population genetics of the Asiatic blood fluke, schistosoma japonicum.

  • Hilary Hurd

    Author profile image Hilary is Professor Emeritus of Parasitology at Keele University, UK, having retired at the end of 2013. Her research interests have revolved around parasites transmitted by insects and their interactions with their vectors. She was Director of the Centre for Applied Entomology and Parasitology at Keele for over ten years and served as President of the British Society for Parasitology.

  • Krisztian Magori

    Author profile image Krisztian is the Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the Department of Biology at Eastern Washington University. He is a disease ecologist, interested in the complex relationships between hosts, vectors, pathogens, and their biotic and abiotic environment. You can also follow his writing on https://kmagori.weebly.com.

  • Vera Unwin

    Author profile image Vera Unwin gained her Bsc (Hons) in Biomedical sciences (University of Dundee), before completing her MSc in Medical Parasitology (LSHTM) and gaining exciting field experience working in the Amazon, Brazil. After working in the malaria vaccine group at the Jenner Institute (University of Oxford), she moved to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to work on filarial nematode cell lines and then Mycobacterium tuberculosis risk factors. She is currently doing a PhD at the LSTM developing and evaluating diagnostics for malaria elimination settings.