Professor Joseph Jackson

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building Room G49

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Current positions

Chair in Parasitology


I completed my Ph.D. in Parasitology at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. I then did postdoctoral work at the University of Bristol for a number of years before moving to the University of Nottingham. At around the time of the move from Bristol to Nottingham I had started to become interested in the ecological context of vertebrate immune responses. This interest developed further during my time at Nottingham, fostered by interactions with colleagues and, in turn, led on to a move to the University of Liverpool as part of a collaborative project working on parasites in the Kielder field voles system.

After the end of this project I took up a post at Aberystwyth University where I established an independent research group looking, from an ecological perspective, at infection and immunity in a range of wild and domesticated vertebrate systems (including staying involved in collaborative work on the Kielder voles). In December 2015 I took up my post at the University of Salford, where my aim is to keep developing research that better defines the immune system as “real-world” trait.

Areas of research

Parasitology, Ecoimmunology, Wildlife Parasitology, Aquatic Parasitology, Aquaculture


I have worked with a wide range of different host-parasite systems over many years, in the field and the laboratory, using techniques spanning classical taxonomy to the latest genomic approaches. I will bring this experience to teaching Parasitology-related subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research Interests

 My work focusses on the interaction between the environment, the immune system and disease - and how this determines fitness in wild animals and health and productivity in domesticated animals. My broad aim is to understand the evolutionary adaptiveness of immune responses in natural settings; but also to understand maladaptation of the immune system in anthropogenic settings, where exposures to symbionts (commensal micro-organisms and parasites) and environmental variation may be very different to in the wild (the context in which the immune system is adapted to function by evolution).

I work on a range of vertebrate host systems, including mammals, fishes and amphibians and in recent years my laboratory has been funded by NERC, The Leverhulme Trust, The Fisheries Society of the British Isles and the Welsh Government (National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and Environment, NRN-LCEE).

Qualifications and Memberships


  • B.Sc. (1st class Hons) Marine Biology, Swansea University
  • Ph. D. Parasitology, University of London 
  • PGCTHE, Aberystwyth University


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy