Reader in Gastrointestinal HealthDisease SystemsAnimal and Veterinary Sciences
As a veterinarian I have a special interest in managing animal health but I want this to be achieved with minimum input of chemical drugs and without compromising animal welfare.To achieve this, my research focuses into:
i) understanding host-pathogen interactions, ii) characterizing the consequences of host’s environment on host-pathogen interactions and iii) designing strategies to improve the ability of the host to cope with a disease in any given environment. I am using parasitological, immunological and molecular methodologies, including genome-wide transcriptomic and proteomic approaches to address my research.
I focus on gastrointestinal tract health and have acquired expertise in production diseases of both ruminant and monogastric hosts. I have been using in vivo and in vitro models to study disease and host responses and have pioneered research on the investigation of the antiparasitic properties of plant secondary metabolites, which is widely cited around the world.
I have recently developed and validated an in situ duodenal loop model to investigate host-pathogen interactions in the intestine; this is a very useful tool, particularly in the absence of a poultry epithelial cell line. It is currently used to investigate disease pathogenesis and host responses following infusion with Clostridium perfringens, the main causative agent of necrotic enteritis, a production disease of broiler poultry
I coordinate and teach on the Disease in Livestock Ecosystems: Dynamics and Control (DILE-DAC) MSc course and teach on the Applied Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare course both run jointly by the University of Edinburgh and SRUC. I teach a variety of livestock health topics to SRUC undergraduates in Agriculture and Applied Animal Science courses. I have supervised a number of undergraduate and MSc postgraduate research projects in diverse areas of livestock health, from measuring innate immunity in the gastrointestinal tract to how nutrition affects parasite survival.
See all of Dr Spiridoula Athanasiadou's publications.
Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG
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