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Dr Jackie Parry

Senior Lecturer

Jackie Parry


Tel: +44 1524 593489

Research overview

I am a microbiologist with research experience in the ecology of bacteria, algae, protozoa and viruses, principally in freshwater environments. My main research however is aimed at understanding the interaction between the protozoa (single celled predators) and their prey (bacteria and algae). How do they select the correct prey to ingest? Can they communicate with their prey? How do they digest the prey inside their cells? All these factor are known for larger animals, but not for the smallest ‘animals’ on the planet; the protozoa, where whom we have evolved.

Current Research

Current research projects include,

  • Interkingdom signalling between bacteria and amoebae
  • Optimal foraging behaviour in ciliates
  • Dynamics of food vacuole (phagosome) processing in ciliates, flagellates and amoebae
  • Induction of cyanobacterial prophage within protozoan food vacuoles

These, and previous projects, have been funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, Environment Agency, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Society, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, American Waterworks Association and various Industries.

Current Teaching

I am module organiser of, and teach on,

  • EBIO103          Aquatic Ecology
  • BIOL274          Microbiology Techniques

I am the BLS Part 1 Director of Studies



  • 1987 B.Sc. (Hons), Applied Biology, Liverpool Polytechnic
  • 1990 Ph.D., Soil Microbiology, Liverpool University

Academic Posts

  • 1990-93 Post Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Birmingham
  • 1993-Lecturer, Lancaster University

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