Dr Fiona Henriquez
Professor of Parasitology
School of Health and Life Sciences
University of the West of Scotland
Paisley PA1 2BE
Fiona gained her PhD focusing on Molecular Parasitology. She has carried out postdoctoral positions at the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow and won a Royal Society International Fellowship to pursue research at the University of Chicago, focusing on Toxoplasma infection in the brain. She has since developed research programmes on free-living amoebae (FLA) as opportunistic pathogens and their diseases, of particular note Acanthamoeba keratitis and Neoparamoeba that causes Amoebic Gill Disease in teleosts in aquaculture.These projects have involved extensive collaboration with industry. Recently, she is studying the role of FLA in microbial communities affected by anthropogenic pollution and how microbial interaction could contribute to the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and Higher Education Academy. She is a Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland.