A drop of blood to fight human worm infections


About the research

Do you know where these worms live? Well, they actually live in the intestines of humans. A quarter of the world population is infected with these soil-transmitted helminths. Sara Roose (UGent) is developing a new diagnostic test to help fight human worm infections. 

Sara Roose

Sara’s background is Veterinary Medicine, but she got attracted to parasitological research after being introduced to ‘the giant roundworm of humans’ during her master thesis. This parasite belongs to ‘the Soil-Transmitted Helminths’, worms that live in the gut of their human hosts and still afflict the developing world and poorest communities. One of the aims of Sara’s doctoral research is to use the veterinary knowledge about diagnosis of roundworms, to optimize a new diagnostic tool for the use in humans.

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