David Ferguson is a Professor of ultrastructural morphology at Oxford University and the Head of the Electron Microscope Unit within the Medical School. He has been involved in toxoplasma research for 40 years and published over 280 of which approximately 130 have been on the Apicomplexa. He carried out his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of W. M. Hutchison (discoverer of the coccidian stages in the cat) on characterization of the coccidian stages in the cat gut. He has been involved in many aspects of toxoplasma research in both the definitive and intermediate host including human infections. His expertise is the evaluation of parasite development and its relationship with the host using light and electron microscopy and immunocytochemistry. More recently, he has been using electron microscopy to evaluate the function of essential genes using transfection technology. He was invited to give the keynote talk at the Toxoplasma Centennial Congress held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2008.
Biography Updated on 4 December 2011