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Role of mast cells in Inflammatory arthritis
Mast cells in obesity and diabetes
Development of novel anthelminthics
Protective and pathological responses in parasitic infection

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Personal Statement

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

9 Downloads (Pure)

Isolation of a novel flavanonol and an alkylresorcinol with highly potent anti-trypanosomal activity from Libyan propolis

Siheri, W., Ebiloma, G. U., Igoli, J. O., Gray, A. I., Biddau, M., Akrachalanont, P., Samya Sh M D Alenezi, S., Alwashih, M. A., Edrada Ebel, R., Müller, S., Lawrence, C. E., Fearnley, J., Watson, D. G. & De Koning, H. P., 15 Mar 2019, In : Molecules. 24, 6, 12 p., 1041.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Trichinella spiralis
Caenorhabditis elegans
Plasmodium falciparum
15 Downloads (Pure)

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, In : RMD Open. 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


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 2018

  • 5 Organiser of major conference
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial board member
  • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

STEMFest Glasgow 2018

Zahra Rattray (Advisor), Margaret Rose Cunningham (Advisor), Catherine Lawrence (Contributor), Annette Sorensen (Contributor)
21 Nov 201822 Nov 2018

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

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)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Public understanding, information and debate, Education