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Maarten Voordouw, PhD

Parasitology, Disease Ecology

Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Maarten Voordouw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. The causative agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, often consists of many genetically distinct strains. One of my main research interests is understanding how this strain diversity is maintained in nature.

Our research is currently focused on three topics:

  • Variation in host tissue abundance, transmission, and pathology among strains of B. burgdorferi;

  • Ability of maternal antibodies to protect offspring from infection with B. burgdorferi; and

  • Multiple-strain infections and interactions between strains in the host or tick vector.

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