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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

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Xiaopei Su

Xiaopei Su

PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr Cinzia Cantacessi


I received my Bachelor of Biology from Nanjing Normal University (China) in 2011. After obtaining a Master of Bioinformatics in Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), I jointed the group of Dr Cinzia Cantacessi as a research assistant in 2014 to start a project about the change of gut microbiota in helminth driven suppression of inflammation. After this job, I started my PhD study under the supervision of Dr Cinzia Cantacessi from Oct 2016.

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:
Mathematical Biology:

Research Interests

I am passionate about next-generation sequencing technology, data mining, and statistical analysis. I am currently focusing on studying the influence of helminth on human microbiota through the above mentioned techniques.  


  • Microbiotica
  • Helminth
  • Bioinformatics


Key Publications

Baird, F. J., Su, X., Aibinu, I., Nolan, M. J., Sugiyama, H., Otranto, D., ... & Cantacessi, C. (2016). The Anisakis Transcriptome Provides a Resource for Fundamental and Applied Studies on Allergy-Causing Parasites. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 10(7), e0004845.

Giacomin, P., Zakrzewski, M., Croese, J., Su, X., Sotillo, J., McCann, L., ... & Cantacessi, C. (2015). Experimental hookworm infection and escalating gluten challenges are associated with increased microbial richness in celiac subjects. Scientific reports, 5.