Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor Robin Gasser gave a well-attended Dean’s Lecture on Thursday 26 October at Trinity College Gateway Building, titled Molecular Biology of Parasites and its Implications. 

He discussed how modern molecular and computational methods are being used to understand the biology of parasites and the disease that they cause, with a perspective of developing new treatments and diagnostic tests.

Professor Gasser received a large number of questions from an audience of 80 alumni, members of the public and friends of the Faculty. A recording of the lecture is available below, and on the Faculty's Soundcloud page along with other past lectures.

In August, the University awarded Professor Gasser the title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor for his outstanding contribution to research.

Professor Gasser's research into the biology of socioeconomically important parasites aims to improve the health and wellbeing of both animals and humans.

He and his team have been using genetic, genomic and bioinformatic approaches to understand parasite biology and molecular biology, parasitic diseases and host-parasite interactions and to develop improved diagnostics and disease interventions.

Banner image: an egg of the Schistosoma haematobium blood fluke. Professor Gasser and colleagues including Neil Young and Aaron Jex of the University of Melbourne sequenced the genome of the parasite in 2012. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Story by Stuart Winthrope.