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Tom's major interests are in mucosal immunology, specifically host-pathogen interactions at mucosal surfaces, and how these may inform future disease control strategies. In addition to exploring basic immunological questions in ruminant species, his work is also involved in the development of vaccines to control veterinary pathogens residing at mucosal surfaces, such as Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle and Teladorsagia circumcincta in sheep. He also has an interest in the immune basis of disease resistance and susceptibility in ruminant species.
- Development of vaccines against E. Coli O157:H7 and Teladorsagia circumcincta
- Investigation of immune-regulation in ruminants in relation to parasitic and bacterial diseases
- Identification of blood immune markers relating to disease susceptibility or resistance in ruminant populations