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Professor Jacqui Matthews

Professor Jacqui Matthews

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


Jacqui Matthews, a qualified veterinarian, has worked in livestock and equine parasite research and education for >25 years. Her group studies roundworms, focussing on vaccine development, anthelmintic resistance and parasite epidemiology. She has published >130 peer-reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters.

Jacqui has won > £13 million in external research funding, with highlight research outputs being discovery of a sub-unit vaccine for control of brown stomach worm in sheep and development of a diagnostic test for small redworm infection in horses. She dedicates much of her time to the transfer of knowledge on sustainable parasite control to industry, stakeholder and scientific audiences in written and oral formats and also shares this information on Twitter: @ProfJBMatthews. She is technical advisor to the industry group, COWS (http://www.cattleparasites.org.uk/) and is an editorial board member of several international research journals.

Jacqui currently holds a Ministerial appointment on the UK Veterinary Products Committee and, in 2017, was granted Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for Meritorious Contributions to Knowledge and was conferred Elsevier’s International Journal for Parasitology Award.  She is lead investigator and coordinator of an EU-funded multi-national parasite vaccine research programme, PARAGONE (http://www.paragoneh2020.eu/).

Jacqui an Honorary Professor at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Current Research

Research interests:

The development of tools and knowledge to support the sustainable control of parasites, including:

  • Sub-unit vaccines
  • Novel diagnostics to support evidence-based medicine
  • Guidelines for parasite control and decision support systems.


Current funding (Jacqui Matthews as Principal Investigator):

2018-19 Horse Trust A test for detection of equine small strongyles; supporting sustainable worm control in practice £186,160
2015-19 EU (Horizon 2020) PARAGONE: vaccines for animal parasites €8,998,500
2015-18 BBSRC Dissecting variation in host immune responsiveness to a recombinant vaccine designed to control teladorsagiosis £612,089
2015-17 Horse Trust Taking evidence-based control into the field: tools and training initiatives aimed at mitigating helminth-associated disease in horses £198,196


A selection of Jacqui's publications can be seen below or for a fuller list please click here.

Selected Key Publications