Saran Davies

Academic Profile

I graduated from Bristol University in 2016 with a BSc in Biological Sciences. During my undergraduate degree, I developed a keen interest in parasitology and went on to complete a Masters by Research in Veterinary Parasitology in 2017. This research focused on ticks and tick-borne diseases infesting cats in Great Britain, and was part of MSD Animal Health's UK-wide initiative; The Big Tick Project. This was the largest veterinary tick and tick-borne disease study in UK history.

Current Research

My current interests are still firmly based in parasitology and, as a development from my Master's research, I have become more interested in molecular biology. How organisms adapt to inhabiting a host has always fascinated me, and so I would like to apply my research skills to study microbes and how they adapt to a host.


Davies, S., Abdullah, S., et al. (2017). "Prevalence of ticks and tick-borne pathogens: Babesia and Borrelia species in ticks infesting cats of Great Britain." Veterinary Parasitology, 244, 129-135

Duplan, F., Davies, S., et al. (2017). "Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Bartonella spp., haemoplasma species and Hepatozoon spp. in ticks infesting cats: a large-scale survey." Parasites and Vectors, 11, 201.

Wright, I., Davies, S., and Wall, R., (2017). "Ticks and tick-borne pathogens of cats in the UK." Companion Animal, 23, 130-135.

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