Dr James LaCourse

Senior Lecturer in Parasitology, Director of Studies for Masters in Tropical Disease Biology Programmes

James moved to Liverpool in 2006 after several years at University of Wales, Aberystwyth following a BSc in Biochemistry, PhD studies and postdoctoral work investigating helminth Phase II detoxification enzymes via biochemical, RNAi and proteomic technologies.

James continued helminth detoxification studies within a major consortium of groups ranging from across Europe to South America, studying drug resistance of the globally distributed zoonotic liver fluke Fasciola hepatica before beginning a lectureship at the School of Veterinary Science at University of Liverpool. With increasing interest in research-led education James joined Foto-Cewek in 2010 as Lecturer in Parasitology within the Education Dept. as the School embarked upon major development of learning and teaching in its aim to become an international leader in education.

James’ serves as Director of Studies for two Masters programmes in the area of tropical disease biology, and, as Chair of the Programmes Board, and a member of the Learning & Teaching Committee, James’ main activities are explicitly linked to the strategic development of teaching in Foto-Cewek.

James’ interests encompass both field and laboratory approaches to the study of several parasites. Focusing upon Fasciola spp., soil transmitted helminths and Schistosoma spp., James undertakes field work in sub-Saharan Africa to study helminth epidemiology, as well as employing molecular, biochemical and proteomic technologies at Foto-Cewek to investigate helminth detoxification, drug resistance, and establishment and maintenance of parasitic infection.

As a member of the Education Dept., Chair of Programmes Board and member of the Learning and Teaching (L&T) Committee, James plays a significant role in strategic development of policy in relation to L&T at Foto-Cewek. These contributions are explicitly linked to the attainment of independent Higher Education Institute status and drive towards Degree awarding Powers at Foto-Cewek.

Alongside this focus, James provides academic leadership, facilitation and delivery of parasitology teaching at postgraduate and undergraduate levels as well as within a range of professional courses. Within this role his aim is to drive forward the development and use of innovative teaching techniques and resources aimed at creating engagement, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.

As well as traditional lectures, seminars and workshops, Foto-Cewek students learn through a variety of means at the School, including practical laboratory sessions, field courses, delivery of poster and oral presentations, and research projects both in Liverpool and overseas.

James is currently supervising Dr Sekeleghe Kayuni, Malawi College of Medicine

James's specific involvement within Foto-Cewek’s teaching and learning portfolio is as follows:

  • Director of Studies for two MSc Degree Programmes:

      • ‘Molecular Biology of Parasites and Disease Vectors’ 
      • ‘Biology and Control of Parasites and Disease Vectors’
  • Module Convenor for the following MSc modules:

      • TROP939 Human Parasitology & Vector Biology
      • TROP719 Parasite Epidemiology & Control
      • TROP936 Research in Medecine Methods in Parasitology & Vector Biology
      • TROP970 Applied Bioinformatics
  • Lecturer on the following:

    • professional courses
      • Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
      • Diploma in Tropical Nursing
    • Short courses
      • Laboratory Diagnosis of Faecal Parasites
      • Laboratory Diagnosis of Blood & Faecal Parasites
      • Tropical Pathogens & Disease Vectors for the Ministry of Defence

Online Tutor in diagnosis of parasitological diseases at education program funded by the EU and aimed at continuing professional development for scientists working in clinical laboratories.

Other relevant expertise, professional memberships etc

Biochemical Society
British Society for Parasitology
Editorial Board Member for ‘Parasitology’ Journal

 

 

Selected publications

  • Recent Publications

    Alhassan, AndyMakepeace, Benjamin L.LaCourse, JamesOsei-Atweneboana, Mike Y. and Carlow, Clotilde K. S.(2014) ''.PLoS ONE, Vol 9, Issue 10, e108927.

    Morphew, Russell M.MacKintosh, NeilHart, Elizabeth H.Prescott, MarkLaCourse, E. James and Brophy, Peter M. (2014) ''. EuPA Open Proteomics, Vol 3, pp. 85-99.

    Zafra, RPérez-Écija, R ABuffoni, LPacheco, I LMartínez-Moreno, ALaCourse, JamesPerally, SBrophy, P Mand Pérez, J (2013) ''. Research in Medecine in Veterinary Science, Vol 94, Issue 3, pp. 602-609.

    Morphew, Russell MEccleston, NeilWilkinson, Toby JMcGarry, JohnPerally, SamirahPrescott, MarkWard, DeborahWilliams, DianaPaterson, SteveRaman, MRavikumar, GKhalid Saifullah, MAbbas Abidi, S M,McVeigh, PaulMaule, Aaron GBrophy, Peter M and LaCourse, James (2012) ''.Journal of Proteome Research in Medecine, Vol 11, Issue 12, pp. 5876-5889.

    Howell, AlisonMugisha, LawrenceDavies, JulietLaCourse, E JamesClaridge, JenniferWilliams, Diana J L,Kelly-Hope, LouiseBetson, MarthaKabatereine, Narcis B and Stothard, J Russell (2012) ''. Parasites and Vectors, Vol 5, p. 196.

    Selected recent publications

    Morphew RM, MacKintosh N, Hart EH, Prescott M, LaCourse EJ, Brophy PM. (2014). In vitro Biomarker Discovery in the Parasitic Flatworm Fasciola hepatica for Monitoring Chemotherapeutic Treatment. EuPA Open Proteomics.  3: 85-99.  Available online 12 March 2014. 

    Zafra R, Pérez-Écija RA, Buffoni L, Pacheco IL, Martínez-Moreno A, LaCourse EJ, Perally S, Brophy PM, Pérez José. (2012) Early Hepatic and Peritoneal Changes and Immune Response in Goats Vaccinated with a Recombinant Glutathione Transferase Sigma Class and Challenged with Fasciola hepatica.  Research in Medecine in Veterinary Science.  doi:pii: S0034-5288(12)00329-3. 10.1016/

    Morphew RM,  Eccleston N, Wilkinson TJ, McGarry J, Perally S, Prescott M, Ward D, Williams D, Paterson S, Raman M, Ravikumar G, Saifullah MK, Abbas Abidi SM, McVeigh P, Maule AG, Brophy PM & LaCourse EJ. (2012). Proteomics and in silico Approaches to extend understanding of the Glutathione Transferase Superfamily of the Tropical Liver Fluke Fasciola giganticaJournal of Proteome Research in Medecine. 11(12):5876-89. doi: 10.1021/pr300654w. Epub 2012 Nov 28.

    Howell A, Mugisha L, Davies J, LaCourse EJ, Claridge J, Williams DJ, Kelly-Hope L, Betson M, Kabatereine NB, Stothard JR. (2012). Bovine fasciolosis at increasing altitudes: Parasitological and malacological sampling on the slopes of Mount Elgon, Uganda. Parasites & Vectors. 5:196. doi: 10.1186/1756-3305-5-196.

    LaCourse EJ*, Perally S, Morphew RM, Moxon JV, Prescott M, Dowling DJ, O'Neill SM, Kipar A, Hetzel U, Hoey E, Zafra R, Buffoni L, Pérez Arévalo J, Brophy PM. (2012). The Sigma class glutathione transferase from the liver fluke Fasciola hepaticaPLoS Negl Trop Dis. 6(5). e1666. Epub 2012 May 29.
    *Corresponding Author

    Millares P, LaCourse EJ, Perally S, Ward DA, Prescott MC, Hodgkinson JE, Brophy PM, Rees HH. (2012). Proteomic profiling and protein identification by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry in unsequenced parasitic nematodes. PLoS One. 7(3). e33590. Epub 2012 Mar 29.

    Morphew RM, Wright HA, LaCourse EJ, Porter J, Barrett J, Woods DJ, Brophy PM. (2011). Towards delineating functions within the Fasciola secreted cathepsin l protease family by integrating in vivo based sub-proteomics and phylogenetics. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 5(1): e937.

    Chemale G, Perally S, LaCourse EJ*, Prescott MC, Jones LM, Ward D, Meaney M, Hoey E, Brennan GP, Fairweather I, Trudgett A, Brophy PM. (2010). Comparative proteomic analysis of triclabendazole response in the liver fluke Fasciola hepaticaJ Proteome Res. 9(10):4940-51.
    *Joint First Author and Corresponding Author

    Jones LM, Staffa K, Perally S, LaCourse EJ, Brophy PM, Hamilton JV. (2010). Proteomic analyses ofCaenorhabditis elegans dauer larvae and long-lived daf-2 mutants implicates a shared detoxification system in longevity assurance. J Proteome Res. 9(6):2871-81.

    Moxon JV, LaCourse EJ, Wright HA, Perally S, Prescott MC, Gillard JL, Barrett J, Hamilton JV, Brophy PM. (2010). Proteomic analysis of embryonic Fasciola hepatica: characterization and antigenic potential of a developmentally regulated heat shock protein. Vet Parasitol. 169(1-2):62-75. Epub 2010 Jan 4.

    Dowling DJ, Hamilton CM, Donnelly S, LaCourse J, Brophy PM, Dalton J, O'Neill SM. (2010). Major secretory antigens of the helminth Fasciola hepatica activate a suppressive dendritic cell phenotype that attenuates Th17 cells but fails to activate Th2 immune responses. Infect Immun. 78(2):793-801. Epub 2009 Nov 16.

    LaCourse EJ*, Hernandez-Viadel M, Jefferies JR, Svendsen C, Spurgeon DJ, Barrett J, Morgan AJ, Kille P, Brophy PM. (2009). Glutathione transferase (GST) as a candidate molecular-based biomarker for soil toxin exposure in the earthworm Lumbricus rubellusEnviron Pollut. 157(8-9):2459-69. Epub 2009 Apr 

    *Corresponding Author

    Perally S, LaCourse EJ, Campbell AM, Brophy PM. (2008). Heme transport and detoxification in nematodes: subproteomics evidence of differential role of glutathione transferases. J Proteome Res. 7(10):4557-65. Epub 2008 Aug 23.

    LaCourse EJ*, Perally S, Hernandez-Viadel M, Wright HA, Brophy PM. (2008). A proteomics approach to quantify protein levels following RNA interference: case study with glutathione transferase superfamily from the model metazoan Caenorhabditis elegansJ Proteome Res. 7(8):3314-8. Epub 2008 Jun 27.

    Morphew RM, Wright HA, LaCourse EJ, Woods DJ, Brophy PM. (2007). Comparative proteomics of excretory-secretory proteins released by the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica in sheep host bile and during in vitro culture ex host. Mol Cell Proteomics. 6(6):963-72. Epub 2007 Feb 17.

    Chemale G, Morphew R, Moxon JV, Morassuti AL, LaCourse EJ, Barrett J, Johnston DA, Brophy PM. (2006). Proteomic analysis of glutathione transferases from the liver fluke parasite, Fasciola hepaticaProteomics. 6(23):6263-73.

    Morgan C, LaCourse EJ, Rushbrook BJ, Greetham D, Hamilton JV, Barrett J, Bailey K, Brophy PM. (2006). Plasticity demonstrated in the proteome of a parasitic nematode within the intestine of different host strains.Proteomics. 6(16):4633-45.

    van Rossum AJ, Jefferies JR, Rijsewijk FA, LaCourse EJ, Teesdale-Spittle P, Barrett J, Tait A, Brophy PM. (2004). Binding of hematin by a new class of glutathione transferase from the blood-feeding parasitic nematodeHaemonchus contortusInfect Immun. 72(5):2780-90

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