Dr Frank Turnbull

  • Research Assistant (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)


Completed BSc(Hons) - Biological Sciences, Microbiology and Infection (University of Edinburgh) in 2006, MSc - Drug Design and Biomedical Sciences (Edinburgh Napier University) in 2009, PhD in Veterinary Parasitology was completed in 2014 (University of Glasgow in collaboration with Moredun Research Institute and AgResearch, NZ) and currently a Post-doctoral researcher at University of Glasgow, collaborating with Moredun Research Institute.

Research interests



My research interests include the control of livestock diseases and developing diagnostic tests.

I have a molecular biology and genetics background and my research has often applied a candidate gene approach to perform genetic comparisons of genes implicated in anthelmintic resistance. Genetic comparisons between lab-derived and field isolates of Teladorsagia are the focus of my current project and has included single worm microsatellite analyses.

Previous projects have included: Microbiome analysis of the ovine nematodes Teladorsagia circumcincta and Haemonchus contortus, the commercial production of Barbervax vaccine for controlling Haemonchus contortus infections in sheep and a recombinant vaccine trial against Ostertagia ostertagi, field evaluation of poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) native and recombinant prototype vaccines, generation of a Dermanyssus gallinae primary cell line, development of an in vivo feeding device for Dermanyssus gallinae and involved knowledge exchange (Factors that influence farmer’s attitudes and behaviours with respect to nematode control).


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