Dr Lori Peacock

B.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(Lond.), DIC(Imperial College)

  • BS40 5DU

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Research interests

My main research interest is the interaction between parasites/pathogens and insects. I obtained a PhD  from Imperial College, University of London funded by a Commonwealth scholarship and was on organic vegetable pest management focused on host/pest interactions with an emphasis on carrot fly. After my PhD I was awarded a Daphne Jackson Memorial Fellowship, which allowed me to establish an independent research project at Long Ashton Research Station (LARS). This was to study the effects of host diversity on willow beetle population dynamics and ecology within short-rotation willow coppices. The success of this work led to a position as the principal researcher for the insect component of a second DEFRA grant. This work entailed the investigation of the influence of biotic and abiotic factors on insect lifecycle and aspects of behavioural and chemical ecology that affected beetle infestation in diverse plantations, as well as supervising MSc students and junior assistants.


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With the closure of LARS in 2003, I joined the Molecular Parasitology Group of Professor Wendy Gibson and was responsible for the daily operation of the Wellcome Trust grants to investigate genetic exchange & development of trypanosomes within the tsetse fly vector. This included dissection, culture and insect maintenance, fluorescent imaging, molecular techniques, statistical analyses and dissemination of research results and supervision of a technician. This work resulted in the elucidation of two novel life cycle stages of trypanosomes and consequently many high impact publications.


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I am now in the laboratory of Dr Tristan Cogan and my current project is the examination of the effect of exposure of bacteria on antimicrobial production by insect larvae, insects reared in vitro.


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