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School of Environment and Life Sciences

Professor Mike Rogan

Professor of Zoology


I am currently Professor of Zoology in the School of Environment & Life Sciences and have been at Salford since 1992 progressing from Lecturer in Biology to reader in Parasitology before obtaining my chair in 2010. I have also had major roles relating to the management of teaching at both School and University level and have held positions on School Executive such as Academic Lead (Biology & Wildlife) and Associate Dean of School (Academic).

Prior to being appointed at Salford I was a post-doctoral Research Associate in parasitology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine(1989-1992) studying immunodiagnosis of hydatid disease in Kenya and China, and at the Department of Zoology, University of Nottingham (1986-1989).  Here, I worked on a joint project with the Department of Surgery, on the development of labeled antibody probes for radio-imaging of parasitic cysts. My PhD at Keele University was also in the area of Parasitology and I studied Zoology as an undergraduate at Queen’s University Belfast.

I have been External examiner for Undergraduate programmes in Bioscience at Lancaster University, Aberystwyth University and Queen’s University Belfast.


My teaching largely revolves around the disciplines of parasitology, particularly in relation to cestodes (tepeworms) and trematodes (parasitic flukes) and immunology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 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

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 from dogs and wild canids. 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 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)

Member of the Council for the British Society for Parasitology (BSP) (1996-1999)

Honorary Meetings Secretary for the British Society for Parasitology (BSP) (2005-2009)

Local Organising Secretary for the BSP Spring Meeting at Salford in April 2002.

Member of World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) (2015-)


Publications (Selected):

Mohammed, A. A., Allen, J. and Rogan, M.T. (2017). Hydatid cyst fluid of Echinococcus granulosus and its potential role in stimulating fibrosis by enhancing epithelial to mesenchymal transition in a human non-small lung cell line (A549). Parasite Imminology (submitted)

Mastin, A, Van Kesteren, F, Torgerson, P, Zaidanov, I, Rogan, MT & Craig, PS (2015), 'Investigation of risk factors for Echinococcus coproantigen positivity in dogs in the Alay valley, Kyrgyzstan', Journal of Helminthology, 89 pp. 655-663.

Rushworth, RL, Boufana, BS, Hall, JL, Brannan, V, Mastin, A, Birtles, RJ, Craig, PS & Rogan, MT (2015) 'Rodentolepis straminea in an urban population of Apodemus sylvaticus in the UK', Journal of Helminthology  1-7. 

Morger, J, Bajnok, J, Boyce, K, Craig, PS, Rogan, MT, Lun, Z-R, Hide, G & Tschirren, B (2014), 'Naturally occurring Toll-like receptor 11 (TLR11) and Toll-like receptor 12 (TLR12) polymorphisms are not associated with Toxoplasma gondii infection in wild wood mice' , Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 26 , pp. 180-184.

Rogan, M.T., Bodell, A.E. & Craig, P.S. (2014). Post-encystment/established immunity in cystic Echinococcosis: Is it that simple? Parasite Immunology. 37, 1-9

Bhardwaj, E.K, Else K.J. Rogan, M.T and Warhurst, G. (2014) Increased susceptibility to Trichuris muris infection and exacerbation of colitis in a murine model of inflammatory bowel disease, Mdr1a-/-", World Journal of Gastroenterology 20, 1797-1806.

Rogan, M.T., Bodell,  A.E. & Craig, P.S. (2014). Post-encystment/established immunity in cystic Echinococcosis: Is it that simple? Parasite Immunology. 37, 1-9

Freya van Kesteren, Alexander Mastin, Bermet Mytynova, Iskender Ziadinov, Belgees Boufana, Paul R. Torgerson3, Michael T. Rogan, Philip S. Craig (2013) Dog ownership, dog behaviour and transmission of Echinococcus spp. in the Alay Valley, southern Kyrgyzstan. Parasitology 140, 1674-1684

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