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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

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Ruby Coates

Ruby Coates

Supervisor: Dr Andrew Grant


I am a PhD student on the Wellcome Trust Infection, Immunity and Inflammation programme, which gave me a great opportunity to rotate through 3 different labs in my first year before deciding on a permanent lab. My interest in research began in my placement year as part of my undergraduate degree at the University of Bath. I was lucky enough to go to the USA and join the Wolstenholme lab at the University of Georgia, where I studied parasitic helminths. My interest in infection has grown ever since, and after completing my rotation in Dr. Andrew Grant’s lab, I decided to focus my PhD on Campylobacter jejuni, a causative agent of food poisoning. In my spare time I love to dance, read and travel!


Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:

Research Interests

Fundamental biology of Campylobacter jejuni


  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Public health
  • Campylobacter jejuni
  • Gene expression

Key Publications

1. Maclean, M. J., Savadelis, M. D., Coates, R., Dzimianski, M. T., Jones, C., Benbow, C., Storey, B. E., Kaplan, R. M., Moorhead, A. R. & Wolstenholme, A. J. Does evaluation of in vitro microfilarial motility reflect the resistance status of Dirofilaria immitis isolates to macrocyclic lactones? Parasites and Vectors, 10, 480 (2017).

2. McCoy, C. J., Reaves, B. J., Giguère, S., Coates, R., Rada, B. & Wolstenholme, A. J. Human Leukocytes Kill Brugia malayi Microfilariae Independently of DNA-Based Extracellular Trap Release. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11, e0005279 (2017).

3. Wolstenholme, A. J., Maclean, M. J., Coates, R., McCoy, C. J. & Reaves, B. J. How do the macrocyclic lactones kill filarial nematode larvae? Invertebrate Neuroscience, 16, 7 (2016).