Laura Pollitt

Laura has joined the Centre in February 2014

My interests are in applying an evolutionary ecology approach to understanding how parasites interact with each other and hosts to shape patterns of infection and disease. Mixed-species and mixed-strain infections are common and it is becoming increasingly apparent that parasite interactions within the host environment can have important implications for the severity and transmission of disease. However, while parasite within-host ecology is increasingly receiving attention, continuing on to examine the links to between-host processes is still often neglected. I am interested in how competition between different strains of vector-borne parasites shape parasite dynamics both within vertebrate hosts and insect vectors, and how these dynamics play out across scales to determine disease transmission and parasite evolution.

 

Laura Pollitt

School of Biological Sciences,
University of Edinburgh Ashworth Labs,
Kings Buildings
West Mais Road
EH9 3JT Edinburgh
Scotland, United Kingdom