Dr Corrado Minetti

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Corrado graduated in Biology (BSc) and Animal Biodiversity and Conservation (MSc) from the University of Turin in Italy, before coming to the UK to undertake the MSc in Biology and Control of Parasites and Disease Vectors from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.  He then completed his PhD on Giardia epidemiology and molecular epidemiology at the University of Liverpool, funded by Public Health England. Corrado recently re-joined LSTM as a Post Doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Vector Biology working with Dr Lisa Reimer.

Corrado is currently working on the laboratory and field implementation aspects of the vector excreta surveillance system (VEES) for the molecular xenomonitoring of malaria, lymphatic filariasis and arboviruses. He is also part of the COUNTDOWN research consortium, working on the epidemiology and molecular xenomonitoring of lymphatic filariasis in Ghana.

Corrado's research involves the use of epidemiological, laboratory and molecular diagnostics data to better understand pathogen transmission. This integrated approach is pivotal in better understanding vector-parasite-host interactions, whether and how parasites and vectors are responding to control interventions such as mass drug administration (MDA) and vector control, and to develop innovative xenomonitoring tools to help assessing disease elimination, resurgence or emergence of novel pathogens.

Selected publications

  • Minetti, C., Lamden, K., Durband, C., Cheesbrough, J., Fox, A., Wastling, J.M. (2015). Determination of Giardia duodenalis assemblages and multi-locus genotypes in patients with sporadic giardiasis from England. Parasites & Vectors 8, 444. doi: 10.1186/s13071-015-1059-z. 

    Minetti, C., Lamden, K., Durband, C., Cheesbrough, J., Platt, K., Charlett, A., O'Brien, S.J., Fox, A., Wastling, J.M. (2015). Case-Control Study of Risk Factors for Sporadic Giardiasis and Parasite Assemblages in North West England. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 53(10), 3133-40. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00715-15.  

    Bond, A., Vernon, A., Reade, S., Mayor, A., Minetti, C., Wastling, J., Lamden, K., Probert, C. (2015). Investigation of Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted from Faeces for the Diagnosis of Giardiasis. Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases 24(3), 281-6. doi: 10.15403/jgld.2014.1121.243.abo.  

    Minetti, C., Taweenan, W., Hogg, R., Featherstone, C., Randle, N., Latham, S.M., Wastling, J.M. (2014). Occurrence and diversity of Giardia duodenalis assemblages in livestock in the UK. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 61(6), e60-7. doi: 10.1111/tbed.12075.