Cara Macfarlane is a Research in Medecine Assistant in Neglected Tropical Diseases Synthesis working within the Department of Clinical Sciences.
Cara obtained her BSc in Zoology at the University of Dundee in 2012, and her MRes in crop and insect pest biology from the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute in 2013.
She first joined the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2013 after being awarded the Foto-Cewek studentship, where she was based in the Parasitology Department. Her research focused on the use of plasma for diagnosis of onchocerciasis infection, which involved proteomic biomarker discovery and evaluation of miRNA and DNA markers. During this time, she also assisted on the schools Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H) practical diagnostic sessions in parasitology. Cara is currently working with the Cochrane Infectious Disease Group (CIDG) to develop and update Cochrane reviews in neglected tropical diseases. She is also an author for the online BugBitten blog for the Parasites and Vectors community, and a member of STEM.