Professor Michael Rogan

Associate Dean Academic (Interim)

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I am currently Professor of Zoology in the School of Environment & Life Sciences and Academic Lead for undergraduate programmes in the general area of Biology, Zoology and Wildlife Conservation.  This role involves managing the development, structure and delivery of 5 successful undergraduate programmes which are central to the School’s teaching portfolio.

I have been at Salford since 1992 progressing  from Lecturer in Biology to reader in Parasitology before obtaining my chair in 2010. Prior to that I was a post doctoral Research Associate in parasitology at the Liverpool School of Tropical (1989-1992) studying immunodiagnosis of hydatid disease in Kenya and China, and at the Department of Zoology, University of Nottingham (1986-1989), where I worked on a joint project with the Department of Surgery, on the development of labeled antibody probes for radio-imaging of hydatid cysts.


My teaching largely revolves around the disciplines of parasitology, particularly in relation to cestodes and trematodes and immunology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels but I am also co-ordinator of a module in Marine Biology. I have also developed “skills-based modules” such as Study Skills at level 4; Biological Research Skills at level 5 and Professional Skills at Level 6 which are designed to help students acquire the necessary skills for a science based degree and employment.

Research Interests

My research for the last 30 years has been focused on the biology, immunology and epidemiology of tapeworm parasites (Cestodes) particularly Echinococcus, which are transmitted to humans as zoonotic infections. This has involved extensive fieldwork in East Africa, China and Kyrgyzstan correlating human and animal diagnostic surveys with disease prevalence and transmission and has enabled us to identify risk factors associated with potential infection. I am also interested in the interaction of the human immune system and hydatid cysts, which are the larval stages of the parasite. Recent work has enabled us to identify cytokine and antibody markers which can be used to monitor the natural history of parasite development and disease progression.

I am also involved in research relating to the transmission of helminth parasites (worms) within wild rodent populations in the UK and have recently published papers on new trematode species identified in voles in the UK.

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc – Zoology, Queen’s University, Belfast, 1983

PhD – Parasitology, University of Keele, 1987

Member of the British Society for Parasitology (BSP) (1984 – present)


Boyce, K & Hide, G & Craig, P & Reynolds, C & Hussain, M & Bodell, A & Bradshaw, H & Pickles, A & Rogan, MT 2013, 'A molecular and ecological analysis of the trematode Plagiorchis elegans in the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus from a periaquatic ecosystem in the UK ', Journal of Helminthology, in press.

Boyce, K & Hide, G & Craig, P & Harris, P & Rogan, MT 2012, 'Identification of a new species of digenean Notocotylus malhamensis n. sp (Digenea: Notocotylidae) from the bank vole (Myodes glareolus) and the field vole (Microtus agrestis) ', PARASITOLOGY , 139(12), pp.1630-1639.

Behnke, J.M., Eira, C., Rogan, M.T., Gilbert, F.S., Torres, J.,  Miquel, J. & Lewis, J.W. (2009). Helminth species richness in wild wood mice, Apodemus sylvaticus, is enhanced by the presence of the intestinal nematode Heligmosomoides polygyrus. Parasitology 136, 793-804

Rogan, M.T. Craig, P.S., Hide, G., Heath S., Pickles, A. & Storey, D.M.  (2007). The Occurrence of the trematode Plagiorchis muris in the field mouse Apodemus sylvaticus in North Yorkshire, UK. Journal of Helminthology 81, 57-62

Craig, P.S., Budke, C.M., Schantz, P.M. Yang, Y.R, Li, T., Qui, J., Zeyhle, E. Rogan, M.T. & Ito, A. (2007). Human Echinococcosis: A Neglected Disease? Tropical Medicine & Health, 35, 283-292.

Wang, Y.H, He, T.H, Wen, X.N, Li, T., Wali, A., Zhang, W., Xu, X., Vuitton, D.A., Rogan, M.T., Wen, H., & Craig, P.S. (2006). Post-survey follow-up for human cystic echinococcosis in northwest China. Acta Tropica 98 (1): 43-51

Rogan M.T, Wang,  Y.H., Richardson, R., Zeyhle, E. & Craig, P.S. (2006)
Hydatid cysts: does every picture tell a story?  Trends in Parasitology 22 (9): 431-438