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My research focuses on the interaction between gastrointestinal (GI) parasitic helminths (worms) and their hosts. Infection with GI helminths parasites has an impact on a number of immunological issues including oral vaccination and dysregulation of immune respones that predispose for intestinal inflammation. This has direct implications for the design and application of anti-parasite therapies and treatments but also has wider importance for immunoregulation in mucosal tissues in general. My work concentrates on two related themes:

Immunopathology - the key mechanisms whereby expulsion of GI nematodes is achieved are still in doubt. It had always been assumed that intestinal pathology was obligatory for expulsion of GIP parasites. However, I have shown that sever pathology is not required for the expulsion of nematode parasites. Recently we showed that mast cell derived cytokines are essential in the promotion of and amplification of the protective and pathological immunes responses associated with infection with GI helminths. This has important implications as it now places mast cells as key cells in the induction, amplification and perpetuation of the Th2 response induced following infection with GI helminths rather than as acting as endpoint effector cells.

Role of mast cells in inflammatory disease - this work is now being further extended to analyse the role of mast cells in inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis (in collaboration with Professor I McInnes, University of Glasgow), cardiovascular disease ( Dr P Maffia and S Kennedy, University of Glasgow), and stroke (with Dr H Carswell).


More recently I have been developing research in evaluating novel anthelminthics in collaboration with Dr Chris Carter.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Nottingham

Bachelor of Science, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

External positions

External Examiner, Kingston University

1 Oct 201630 Sep 2020


  • Inflammation
  • parasitology
  • Immunology
  • allergy

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Projects 2003 2020

Research Output 2002 2019

Novel protective role for MAP kinase phosphatase 2 in inflammatory arthritis

Schroeder, J., Ross, K., McIntosh, K., Jabbar, S. K. J., Woods, S., Crowe, J., Patterson-Kane, J. C., Alexander, J., Lawrence, C. & Plevin, R., 11 Jan 2019, 5, 1, p. e000711 9 p., e000711.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Phosphatases
Protein Phosphatase 2
Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 1
Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases

Perivascular mast cells promote neointimal elastin deposit and suppress chronic vein graft restensosis in hyperlipidaemic mice: mast cells and vein graft remodelling

Wu, J., Lawrence, C., Wadsworth, R. M. & Kennedy, S., 23 Jun 2017, (Accepted/In press) In : Vessel Plus. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mast Cells
Apolipoproteins E


Evaluation of the role of mast cells in parasitic infection

Author: Alfaiz, F. A. S., 1 Jan 2017

Supervisor: Lawrence, C. (Supervisor) & Carter, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2008 2012

  • 5 Organiser of major conference
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial board member

British Society for Parasitology

Catherine Lawrence (Organiser)
2012 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

British Society for Parasitology

Catherine Lawrence (Organiser)
2012 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference


Images of Research 2015 Public and Urban Health category winner

Kirsty Ross (Main contact), Catherine Lawrence (Participant), Iain McInnes (Participant)

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