Patrick Skelly, Ph.D.

Patrick Skelly, Ph.D.

(508) 887-4348
Research/Areas of Interest: Infectious diseases: prevention and control; parasitology; molecular and cellular helminthology


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, AUS, 1986
  • Master of Science, Univ Col Dublin/Ireland, IRL, 1982
  • BS, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 1981


Patrick J. Skelly, PhD, Professor, jointly runs the Molecular Helminthology Laboratory at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine with Professor Charles B. Shoemaker. A major focus of the laboratory is using newer molecular technologies, notably RNAi, to study helminth molecular and cell biology. Before coming to Tufts, Patrick was on the faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health. He received his PhD in Biochemistry in 1986 at the Australian National University from his work on the cuticle of the ectoparasite, Lucilia cuprina. Patrick is a past president of the New England Association of Parasitologists and is a member of the Ashton Cuckler New Investigator Committee of the American Society of Parasitologists.