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    Research Interests

    Mark received a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and a PhD in Molecular Parasitology from Queen's University, Belfast.  He then worked on the chemical analysis of shellfish toxins as a postdoctoral researcher within the Department of Veterinary Sciences at Queens.  Following this, Mark worked on nematode proteomics and molecular biology at the University of Aberdeen before being awarded a prestigious BBSRC Wain International Fellowship to continue his proteomics research at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).  Mark then won a UTS Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship which he held as an independent researcher at the Infection, Immunity and Innovation (ithree) Institute until his appointment as lecturer at Queens in 2012.

    Throughout his career Mark has been committed to the study of infectious diseases with the view of developing new methods of treatment. Of particular interest are molecules secreted by pathogenic organisms as these function at the host-pathogen interface and have critical roles during infection and pathogenesis.  Mark uses a range of molecular biology and proteomics tools to identify and characterise proteins secreted by medically-important helminth parasites, and other pathogens, as well as investigating their effects on host cell function. His main research interests include:

    • Proteomics of host-pathogen interactions
    • Biochemistry of pathogen proteases
    • Structure-function relationships of parasite immunomodulatory peptides

    Frequent Journals

    • Trends in Parasitology

      ISSNs: 1471-4922

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.76 SJR 2.749 SNIP 2.132


    • Veterinary Parasitology

      ISSNs: 0304-4017


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.36 SJR 1.041 SNIP 1.141


    • PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

      ISSNs: 1935-2727

      Public Library of Science

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.33 SJR 2.669 SNIP 1.538


    • International Journal for Parasitology

      ISSNs: 0020-7519

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1879-0135

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.44 SJR 1.625 SNIP 1.224


    • Parasitology

      ISSNs: 0031-1820

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-8161

      Cambridge University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.23 SJR 0.989 SNIP 0.906


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