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Institut für Parasitologie

Gillian  Muchaamba

Gillian Muchaamba

  • PhD Student

I joined the Institute of Parasitology for my veterinary doctorate studies under Prof. Deplazes in 2020 in the Zoonoses and Translational Research Group. My work focused on the amplification of cestode DNA on the peri-anal region of foxes as a potential sampling method for human taeniosis. After the completion of my work in 2021, I worked as a post-doc investigating Echinococcus granulosus in Cape Verde in environmental dog faeces and intermediate hosts at slaughterhouses. In this study we were able to unravel the transmission of E. granulosus s.l. G7, in pigs, cattle and dogs in Cape Verde. I joined the Malaria Transmission Lab under Prof. Marti in October 2022 as a Ph.D. student. My research at the moment focuses on unveiling the transmission dynamics and pathology of avian malaria in zoos in Switzerland. Furthermore, I would like to understand the pathogenicity of avian Plasmodium parasites in non-adapted (penguins) and adapted (wild birds) hosts.