P. B. Šivickis Laboratory of Parasitology

The main research trends are biological diversity, molecular characterization, evolutionary biology, molecular ecology, phylogeography, and functions of eukaryotic parasitic organisms (protists and helminths) in ecosystems under variable environmental conditions. We are particularly interested in the following research areas: parasite ecology, life cycles and virulence, molecular diagnostics and taxonomy, understanding the molecular mechanisms of host-parasite interactions, genetic diversity and population genetics, and phylogenetic relationships in parasites. The staff is investigating evolutionary biology and ecological plasticity of eukaryotic parasites. We are addressing questions related to the understanding of distribution patterns of parasites spread by migrating birds, rodents and molluscs in ecosystems of the Baltic region. The results of these investigations will serve as a basis for the development of innovative strategies for the prevention and control of parasitic diseases.