Lauren Carruthers

Lauren Carruthers



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Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine

Research Title

The interactions between microbiome diversity and abundance, drug metabolism, and anthelminth treatment.

Research Summary

PhD Research

Unravelling the interactions between schistosomes, the microbiome and anti-helminthic drug treatments

My research focuses on the impact gut bacteria may have during infection and treatment of Schistosoma mansoni parasites in the context of the SCHISTO-PERSIST project. I am comparing the bacterial composition of the stool from individuals from a rural Ugandan community, with high and low schistosome infection intensities and will explore how these bacterial structures change post-treatment with the anti-schistosomal drug praziquantel.

I graduated with a BSc Hons in Parasitology from the University of Glasgow and went on to work as a research technician investigating diminazene resistance in trypanosomes and the role of lipids in trypanosome cytokinesis before starting my PhD in February 2017.

I also enjoy undertaking public engagement activities and writing blog posts to teach others about parasitology and my research.





  • Adriko, M., Faust, C. L., Carruthers, L. V., Moses, A., Tukahebwa, E. M. and Lamberton, P. H. L. (2018) Low Praziquantel Treatment Coverage for Schistosoma mansoni in Mayuge District, Uganda, Due to the Absence of Treatment Opportunities, Rather Than Systematic Non-Compliance. Trop. Med. Infect. Dis, 3(4), 111; doi:10.3390/tropicalmed3040111