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Dr Helen Price


Honorary Communications Secretary (2018-2021) and Ordinary Council member (2016-2018)

Telephone: 01782 734219

Dr Helen Price is a Reader in Parasitology in the Centre for Applied Entomology and Parasitology (CAEP) at Keele University, UK. She specialises in the molecular and cell biology of the kinetoplastids Leishmania spp. and Trypanosoma brucei, and stigma associated with cutaneous leishmaniasis.

I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Applied Zoology. I was awarded a PhD in 1997 following research at Bangor University on a vaccine candidate for the human parasiteSchistosoma mansoni. In my first research position, I studied novel genes involved in chromosome translocations in B-cell malignancies at the Institute of Cancer Research, Surrey. I returned to the field of parasitology in 2000 to join the research group of Debbie Smith at Imperial College London and from 2004 at the University of York, studying the cell biology of the protozoan parasites Leishmania major and Trypanosoma brucei. I performed molecular studies to validate the enzyme N-myristoyltransferase (NMT) as a drug target and used protozoa as genetically tractable model organisms to study the functions of proteins implicated in human genetic and autoimmune diseases. I relocated to Keele as Lecturer in Bioscience in September 2013 and was promoted to Reader in 2020.

My research focuses on understanding the cell biology of the protozoan parasites Leishmania and Trypanosoma brucei and exploiting this knowledge towards the development of new therapeutics.  I have received funding from the MRC, Newton Fund, Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society. My current projects include investigation of the roles of the BBSome protein complex in L. mexicana and drug discovery for the veterinary parasite T. evansi.

I am co-leading ECLIPSE with Professor Lisa Dikomitis at Keele University. This is a four-year £4.6M project funded by the UK's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which aims to reduce stigma and improve the patient journey for people living with cutaneous leishmaniasis in Brazil, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka.

I teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules at Keele, including parasitology and biomedical science.

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