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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

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    51 Downloads (Pure)

    Reduction of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation through the application of nanoscale vibration

    Robertson, S. N., Childs, P. G., Akinbobola, A., Henriquez, F. L., Ramage, G., Reid, S., MacKay, W. G. & Williams, C., 31 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering. 129, 3, p. 379-386 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Alopecia areata: a multifactorial autoimmune condition

    Simakou, T., Butcher, J. P., Reid, S. & Henriquez, F. L., 31 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Autoimmunity. 98, p. 74-85 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 15 Citations (Scopus)

    Alteration to the oral microbiome following dietary nitrate supplementation does not influence the vascular responsiveness to an acute nitrate dose

    Burleigh, M., Liddle, L., Monaghan, C., Muggeridge, D. J., Sculthorpe, N., Butcher, J., Henriquez, F. & Easton, C., 1 May 2019, In : Heart. 105, Suppl 4, p. A4-A4 1 p., RW2.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Dietary nitrate supplementation alters the oral microbiome but does not improve the vascular responses to an acute nitrate dose

    Burleigh, M., Liddle, L., Muggeridge, D. J., Monaghan, C., Sculthorpe, N., Butcher, J., Henriquez, F. & Easton, C., 1 Aug 2019, In : Nitric Oxide. 89, p. 54-63 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    90 Downloads (Pure)


    Finalist John Logie Baird Awards 2009

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

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the Year 2010

    Henriquez-Mui, Fiona (Recipient), 1 Nov 2010

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)



    British Society of Parasitology

    Roderick Williams (Participant), Meshal Daalah (Invited speaker) & Fiona Henriquez (Participant)

    15 Apr 201917 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Carnegie Scholars' Gathering 2019

    Roderick Williams (Participant), Ronnie Mooney (Invited speaker) & Fiona Henriquez (Participant)

    28 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    The Clyde’s Industrial History and its Impact on Antimicrobial Resistance

    Kiri Rodgers (Speaker), Iain McLellan (Speaker), Tatyana Peshkur (Speaker), Roderick Williams (Speaker), Rebecca Tonner (Speaker), Charles Knapp (Speaker), Andrew Hursthouse (Speaker) & Fiona Henriquez (Speaker)

    4 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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

    Theodoros Simakou (Speaker) & Fiona Henriquez (Speaker)

    19 Feb 2018

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

    Antimicrobial Resistance in the Real World

    Iain McLellan (Participant), Kiri Rodgers (Organiser) & Fiona Henriquez (Chair)

    16 Apr 201817 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course