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Cambridge Veterinary School

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Rebecca Molena

Rebecca Molena

Research Assistant


I was awarded my Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Equine Science from Harper Adams University following completion of the course at Reaseheath College in 2016. My dissertation was an industry-based project that investigated three variations of the McMaster flotation technique for efficacy, sensitivity and specificity for identification and evaluation of an equine strongyle burden. The conclusions drawn suggested that the increase in anthelmintic resistance amongst strongyles may be due to over-administration of anthelmintic as a result of an inaccurate test results.

 In January 2017, I was selected to undertake an MPhil in Veterinary Science at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Cinzia Cantacessi and Dr Laura Peachey, to continue this line of research. The primary aim was to quantify the reliability of diagnostic tools used for the evaluation of equine cyathostomin burden and identification within the host and to investigate the rate of anthelmintic resistance within particular species of equine cyathostomins, after treatment with specific anthelmintics.

I was awarded the MPhil in April 2018 and now I am working as a Research Assistant in Prof P Lachmann's group, working in immunology, with specific focus to the complement system, immunological assay development and protein purification.

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:


  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Innate Immunity
  • Protein purification
  • Parasitology
  • Anthelmintic resistance

Key Publications

Molena, R.A., Peachey, L.E., Di Cesare, A., Traversa, D. and Cantacessi, C., 2018. Cyathostomine egg reappearance period following ivermectin treatment in a cohort of UK Thoroughbreds. Parasites & vectors11(1), p.61.

Peachey, L.E., Molena, R.A., Jenkins, T.P., Di Cesare, A., Traversa, D., Hodgkinson, J.E. and Cantacessi, C., 2018. The relationships between faecal egg counts and gut microbial composition in UK Thoroughbreds infected by cyathostomins. International journal for parasitology48(6), pp.403-412.