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Area of academic expertise - outline

My area of expertise is Parasitology and host-pathogen interactions, in particular molecular and biochemical parasitology of protists, including Acanthamoeba species, Toxoplasma gondii, Leishmania and Cryptosporidium and host immune responses. In addition, I am investigating microbial interactions with the environment. My work in this area has led to 31 peer-reviewed publications, funding from both industry and charity funding bodies and world-wide collaborations with other academics, NHS and industry (UK, USA, Spain, Brazil and Italy). I have also been involved in science communication events as STEM ambassador and event organiser for the British Science Festival. This event, concerning ‘microbes in contact lenses’ led to a variety of media articles worldwide. I belong to the Infection and Microbiology research group in IBEHR. This group aims to expand the body of knowledge in this field by investigative research from microbial ecology and biodiversity to host-pathogen interactions and control of infectious disease, from environmental transmission to anti-microbial development.

Current research activities

My current work involves: a) Understanding Acanthamoeba keratitis: In this project involves a interdisciplinary collaboration between academics (UWS, Strathclyde), clinicians (Gartnavel) and diagnosticians (Glasgow Royal Infirmary); b) Analysis of biochemical pathways in Paramoeba species: In this project I am working with Benchmark Animal Health (industrial partner) to identify antimicrobial targets for effective management of Amoebic Gill Disease in cultured aquatic teleosts; c) ‘Nanokicking’ mechanical stimulation of cells. This interdisciplinary project (Physics- UWS, Infection Control-UWS and CCE, Glasgow) is researching new techniques to stimulate cell differentiation/gene expression; d) Host-pathogen interaction in Toxoplasmosis:  This project is focused on studying the mechanisms by which the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii manipulates host cell immune responses and behaviours; e) The emergence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the environment: This NERC-funded project is focused on understanding the impact of contaminants and pollution in the environment on microbial gene expression. 

Desired research direction

The direction of my research will have impact on both the biomedical and environmental fields in infectious disease and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. To address these I am collaborating with research institutions, the NHS and industry. 

Target collaborative companies

Eye care industry (contact lenses)

Infection Control


Target collaborative organisations

Ophthalmology Departments in Medical institutions


Understanding the Patient Experience

Current teaching activities and interests

I teach on a number of different modules at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels:



Basic and Clinical Immunology

Principles and Techniques in Immunoassays




Research Methods in Biomedical Science

Putting together a Grant proposal

Interdisciplinary collaborations

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Over 10 years experience in working with SMEs, in particular through Interface, in delivering milestones and outcomes in a timely manner.

2015-2018 Collaboration with Benchmark Animal Health through jointly-funded PhD studentship on Amoebic Gill Disease 



  • QR180 Immunology
  • Parasitology
  • host immune response
  • host-pathogen interaction
  • molecular biology
  • gene expression

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Research Output 2004 2018

Acanthamoeba proteases contribute to macrophage activation through PAR1, but not PAR2

Cano, A., Mattana, A., Henriquez, F. L., Alexander, J. & Roberts, C. W. 21 Dec 2018 In : Parasite Immunology. e12612

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Macrophage Activation
Peptide Hydrolases

Can legacy pollution influence antimicrobial resistance in estuarine sediments?: the geochemical role!

Rodgers, K., McLellan, I., Peshkur, T., Williams, R., Tonner, R., Hursthouse, A. S., Knapp, C. W. & Henriquez, F. L. 2 Jul 2018 p. 96-96 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

estuarine sediment
antibiotic resistance
public health
Open Access
estuarine sediment
Anti-Bacterial Agents

Control of cell behaviour through nanovibrational stimulation: nanokicking

Robertson, S. N., Campsie, P., Childs, P. G., Madsen, F., Donnelly, H., Henriquez, F., MacKay, W., Salmerón-Sánchez, M., Tsimbouri, M. P., Williams, C., Dalby, M. J. & Reid, S. 28 May 2018 In : Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 376, 2120

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Behavior Control
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells

Effects of sea lice treatment on health status in cultured rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Barisic, J., Cannon, S., Garzon, T., Padrisa, M., Henriquez, F. & Quinn, B. 20 Feb 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

Oncorhynchus mykiss
Oceans and Seas
Health Status


Finalist John Logie Baird Awards 2009

Fiona Henriquez-Mui (Recipient), 12 Mar 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Genes of past, present and future: does legacy pollution contribute to antibiotic resistance in industrialised estuaries?

Kiri Rodgers (Recipient), Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), Iain McLellan (Recipient), Fiona Henriquez-Mui (Recipient), Roderick Williams (Recipient), Rebecca Tonner (Recipient), Tatyana Peshkur (Recipient) & Charles Knapp (Recipient), 27 Apr 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Microbial Drug Resistance

Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the Year 2010

Fiona Henriquez-Mui (Recipient), 1 Nov 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2009 2018

Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Vanderzwalmen, M. (Speaker), Jason McNeill (Participant), Dorine Delieuvin (Participant), Simona Senes (Participant), Peter Carey (Participant), Mullen, C. (Participant), Donna Snellgrove (Participant), Henriquez-Mui, F. (Participant), Sloman, K. (Participant)
Jul 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

Antimicrobial Resistance in the Real World

McLellan, I. (Participant), Rodgers, K. (Organiser), Henriquez-Mui, F. (Chair)
16 Apr 201817 Apr 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

STEM outreach event for primary school pupils at East Fulton Primary School (Linwood)

Simakou, T. (Speaker), Henriquez-Mui, F. (Speaker)
19 Feb 2018

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

Humans and Amoebae: A complicated relationship on our health and environment

Henriquez-Mui, F. (Examiner)
8 Jun 2017

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Public Engagement: Fundraising and spreading awareness about Alopecia areata

Simakou, T. (Invited speaker), Henriquez-Mui, F. (Invited speaker)
22 Oct 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course


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