Douglas P. Jasmer
veterinary microbiology and pathology
Washington State University
United States of America
BA: 1979 BiologyHumboldt St. University, Arcata, CA MA: 1980 Biology mWashington St. University, Pullman, WA PhD: 1983 Zoology, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Training: 1986 Molecular Parasitology; trypanosomes
Haemonchus contortus is an abomasal parasite of small ruminants. This parasite has become an important model to investigate biology of parasitic nematodes. Our current research has focused on antigens and biological properties of the nematode intestine. Antigens synthesized in the intestine of H. contortus have proven to induce remarkable levels of protection against challenge infections of this parasite. Some intestinal antigens that induce this protection been identified. Additional antigens with similar capability will be of interest to identify. Another goal of this research is to produce recombinant forms of these antigens that are competent to stimulate protective immunity.