Professor Paul Bates works at the School of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University, UK. He has a broad interest in the life cycle biology of Leishmania and the interaction of the parasite with the sand fly. A particular interest is in the mechanism of delivery of metacyclic promastigotes by sand fly bite and the role of promastigote secretory gel in ensuring regurgitation of parasites and injection into the skin. This is important as a fundamental process as well as for the evaluation of vaccines in appropriate models of infection. Other areas of interest are the attachment mechanisms used by the parasites to establish infection in the sand fly and behavioural manipulation of sand flies by Leishmania.
Biography Updated on 18 January 2011