The Molecular Helminthology Laboratory currently has a small amount of ongoing research on cestodes, specifically on taeniid tapeworms, focusing on host-parasite interactions. The lab primarily uses the Taenia solium and Taenia crassiceps model systems in our research. The lab collaborates with Dr. Abraham Landa and Dr. Juan Pedro Laclette at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, to identify and characterize antigens present at the host-interactive surface of cysts. Dr. Charles Shoemaker is a member of the Taenia solium Genome Project Advisory Board.
For more information about the Molecular Helminthology Laboratory’s research with this model species please see the Cestode Publications page.