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Dr Clare Hamilton

Moredun Research Institute
Pentlands Science Park
Bush Loan
Penicuik
Midlothian EH26 0PZ

Biography

Clare received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh (2000) before joining Moredun as a research assistant in the parasitology division. Whilst in that role, she completed a Masters by Research (University of Edinburgh; 2003) in the optimisation of detection methods for Cryptosporidium parvum in shellfish. Clare then went on to gain a PhD (Trinity College Dublin; 2005) in research on Toxocara canis before taking up a postdoc position (Dublin City University; 2005-2008) working on liver fluke. Following this, Clare held a lecturing position at University College Dublin (2008-2012) teaching parasitology and immunology to veterinary students. Clare joined Moredun in 2013 to work on a collaborative research project between Moredun and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts (West Indies) investigating the epidemiology and genetic diversity of T. gondii in the Caribbean. More recently, she has focused on Cryptosporidium spp., looking at how molecular profiling can inform on potential transmission routes of the parasite at farm-level. Clare will also be investigating whether management practices and behaviours are associated with transmission patterns of the parasite.

Current Research

  • Molecular epidemiology and transmission dynamics of Cryptosporidium spp: detection, speciation and typing of isolates from environmental samples (water samples as well as faecal material from livestock and wildlife) generated from one catchment area
  • Development and optimisation of recovery methods for detecting Cryptosporidium spp. in environmental samples
  • Development of a quantitative PCR for detection of zoonotic species of Cryptosporidium in water to facilitate outbreak investigations
  • Prevalence, genetic diversity and pathogenicity of Toxoplasma gondii in the Caribbean
  • Food safety and the role of organic/outdoor-reared animals in the transmission of zoonotic protozoa

Selected Key Publications