CONTACT PERSON: Dr. Geert F. Wiegertjes
TELEPHONE: +31(0)317-482732 / 483922
Wageningen University (WU) is a world-class teaching and research institution in the field of Agricultural Sciences, listed as number 2 of the world in the field of Food Science and Nutrition (www.cest.ch). WU participates in ParaFishControl through the Cell Biology & Immunology (CBI) group, which has a longstanding record of research on the fish immune system, at the Department of Animal Sciences. CBI combines fundamental research on the regulation of fish immune responses with strategic research on disease resistance and vaccination, holding expertise to carry out research on fish parasites, immune response, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of host-parasite interactions.
Role in the project:
WU (Geert Wiegertjes) is leader of WP1 ‘Host-parasite interactions’ and will have a strong contribution to the analysis of host immune responses to parasite infections of common carp, including the oomycete Saprolegnia and the protozoan Ichthyophthirius multifiliis.
Key persons involved:
|Dr. Geert F. Wiegertjes is team leader and expert in carp immuno-parasitology with >25 years of experience. He combines fundamental research on the regulation of immune response of fish with more strategic research on immunostimulation. He presently coordinates TargetFish, a large consortium funded by the EC (DG-Research) on vaccination of fish (2012-2017). He has been supervisor of >10 PhD students, >5 post-docs and >60 MSc students and has been organiser of a series of annual international training workshops on fish immunology for > 15 years.|
|Dr. Maria Forlenza is an expert in molecular immunology. She was awarded her PhD on immunity to parasites in 2009 and was recently appointed a tenure track position at the CBI group after having been awarded a highly prestigious grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Research on immune responses to fish viruses. She focuses on mucosal immunity to infectious diseases of cyprinid fish. She has supervised >30 MSc students, is presently co-supervising 3 PhD students and training coordinator of a EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) focused on the use of zebrafish as model for infections with trypanosome parasites.|
|Annelieke Wentzel is PhD student appointed on the project. She will study innate immunity with a focus on macrophage polarization as read out for polarized immune responses induced by infection with parasites.|