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About Dr Rachel Francoeur

I received my BSc (honours) in Zoology at University College Cork which led to conservation work where I ran field research stations to monitor sea turtle nesting activity in the Mediterranean. I have also been involved in several research projects concentrating on the impact of marine litter on marine vertebrates. My MSc in Aquatic Pathobiology at the University of Stirling led to a shift in focus to infectious disease surveillance, host-pathogen interactions and treatment efficacy. During my PhD at the University of Glasgow my work involved looking at within host factors as predictors of susceptibility to schistosomiasis in hyper-endemic regions of Uganda. This included pharmacokinetic analysis and assessing cytokine profiles in response to Schistosoma mansoni infection status and host treatment response. Most recently, at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was involved in setting up a high throughput emergency testing lab to substantially increase the nation’s capacity to test for SARS-CoV-2. 

Teaching

I lecture on a wide range of biology subjects at the undergraduate and post graduate levels and am the module leader for Genetics and Evolution and for Public Health, Surveillance and Disease Control.

Research

My research can be categorised as field epidemiology. I use minimally invasive methods to explore host-pathogen interactions. To address this research, I use a combination of field and laboratory analysis to look at diagnostics and surveillance, immune responses, and treatment efficacy. 

Published Work

Francoeur, R., Atuhaire, A., Arinaitwe, M., Adriko, M., Ajambo, D., Nankasi, A., Babayan, S.A. and Lamberton, P.H.L. (2021). ABO Blood Groups Do Not Predict Schistosoma mansoni Infection Profiles in Highly Endemic Villages of Uganda. Microorganisms, 9 (12), 2448. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9122448

Clark, J., Arinaitwe, M., Nankasi, A., Faust, C.L., Moses, A., Ajambo, D., Besigye, F., Atuhaire, A., Wamboko, A., Carruthers, L.V., Francoeur, R., Tukahebwe, E.M., Prada, J.M., & Lamberton, P.H.L. (2021). Reconciling egg-and antigen-based estimates of Schistosoma mansoni clearance and reinfection: a modelling study. Clinical Infectious Diseases

Qualifications

  • PhD Infectious Disease, University of Glasgow
  • MSc Aquatic Pathobiology, University of Stirling
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology, University College Cork