Dr Denise Thomasson

Lecturer in Wildlife & Organismal Biology

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  • E: d.thomasson@salford.ac.uk
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Biography

I completed my studies for my BSc honours in Biological Science in 2002 at the University of Salford.

I then went on to postgraduate studies at the University of Salford in 2003. I was one of the 1st cohorts of Graduate Teaching Assistants to study for a PhD in this manner at Salford. This mode of study helped to develop my interests in teaching, learning, student support and experience. During the time I was studying my PhD I also became a part time member of teaching staff, I began part time teaching in biology to social science students in 2006 then went on to teach wildlife students (2007). I became a full time member of staff in 2009.

In 2009 I became the admissions tutor for the two undergraduate wildlife programmes.

Teaching

My primary teaching is across all levels of the wildlife programmes. I coordinate modules; across levels of undergraduate study; Personal and Academic Development, Field Biology, Wildlife Research Skills and Applied Freshwater Biology. I also contribute to field courses.

Research Interests

My research was in the area of parasitology using molecular techniques to detect Toxoplasma gondii in wild mice populations, particularly in areas where there is an absence of definitive hosts such as the cat. I also began a blind study to detect the parasite from the umbilical cord of human newborn babies

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (Hons) Biological Science 2002 (University of Salford)

PhD 2011(University of Salford)

 I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am a member of the British Society for Parasitology where I have presented my work at National conferences in the form of posters and talks.

I am also a member of the Freshwater Biology Association.

Publications

Thomasson, D & Wright, E A & Hughes, J M & Dodd, N S & Cox, A P & Boyce, K & Gerwash, O & Abushahma, M & Lun, Z & Murphy, G & Rogan, M & Hide, G. 2011. Prevalence and co-infection of Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum in Apodemus sylvaticus in an area relatively free of cats, Parasitology , 138, pp.1117-1123.

Hide, G & Morley, E & Hughes, J & Gerwash, O & Elmahaishi, M & Elmahaishi, K & Thomasson, D & Wright, E & Williams, R & Murphy, R & Smith, J E, 2009. Evidence for high levels of vertical transmission in Toxoplasma gondii, Parasitology, 136(14), pp.1877-1885.

Morley, E & Williams, R & Hughes, J & Thomasson, D & Terry, R & Duncanson, P & Smith, J E & Hide, G 2008. Evidence that primary infection of Charollais sheep with Toxoplasma gondii may not prevent foetal infection and abortion in subsequent lambings.  Parasitology, 135(2), pp.169-173.

Hughes, J M & Thomasson, D & Craig, P S & Georgin, S & Pickles, A & Hide, G 2008. Neospora caninum: detection in wild rabbits and investigation of co-infection with Toxoplasma gondii by PCR analysis. Experimental Parasitology, 120, pp.255-260.

Hide, G & Williams, R H & Morley, E K & Hughes, J M & Gerwash, O & Thomasson, D & Elmahaishi, M S & Elmahaishi, K H & Duncanson, P & Terry, R S & Smith, J E 2007. Does vertical transmission contribute to the prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii?  Parassitologia, 49, pp.223 -226.