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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  • Alice Ridgway

    Author profile image Alice studied Biology and completed an MRes at The University of Manchester before joining BMC in 2012. She is currently a Journal Development Manager for life science journals.

  • Anja Choon

    Author profile image Anja Choon works for the German Red Cross. Former employers include Nigeria Health Watch and the University of Münster. She holds a PhD in Field Linguistics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

  • 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.

  • Cara Macfarlane

    Author profile image Cara Macfarlane gained her BSc (Hons) in Zoology (University of Dundee), before completing her MRes in crop insect pest biology and control (University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute). During this time, she also conducted field work in Singapore, Malaysia and Trinidad. Cara went on to obtain her PhD (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) in Parasitology, with a focus on developing onchocerciasis diagnostic tests to detect infection/infection clearance using host plasma. She is currently working for the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group and the COUNTDOWN consortium at LSTM, preparing systematic reviews of interventions, policy and practice in topics relevant to NTD control and elimination.

  • Chris Arme

  • Christina Faust

    Author profile image Christina Faust is a Research Associate in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses on the ecology and evolution of vector-borne diseases. She uses field studies, genetic tools, and modelling to understand host-parasite interactions and inform control strategies.

  • Hilary Hurd

    Author profile image Hilary is Professor of Parasitology Emeritus 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 http://kmagori.weebly.com.

  • Kevin Tyler

    Author profile image Kevin is a founder member of the Parasites and Vectors Advisory Board and a pioneer of open access publishing. At Norwich Medical School, at the University of East Anglia his laboratory focuses on the pathogenicity and virulence of protozoan parasites.

  • Srimathy Sriskantharajah

    Author profile image Srimathy Sriskantharajah completed a BSc in Microbiology (UCL) and a PhD in environmental microbiology/ atmospheric chemistry (Royal Holloway University of London) before joining BioMed Central. Srimathy blogs about microbiology, infectious diseases and the environment amongst other things.

  • 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.