School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Azad Sulaiman





I graduated from Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Duhok in 2003. After my BVMS degree I worked as a demonstrator in the Pathology and Physiology department for two years. I completed my MSc degree in Veterinary Pathology in 2005. My MSc research was focused on oxidative stress in the liver and brain of mice experimentally infected with Toxoplasma gondii. In 2011, I was accepted in HCDP Scholarship program from Kurdistan government to complete a full time PhD at the department of Infection and Immunity in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University Of Nottingham.

Degree Registration:

PhD in Veterinary Medicine and Science (2012-2015)

School Research Theme:

Animal Infection and Immunity

Research Topic:

The origin regulation and function of IL-10 during Fasciola hepatica infection in cattle.

Summary of Research:

The liver fluke Fasciola hepatica is a digenetic trematode responsible for the disease fasciolosis that causes significant economic losses in important farmed ruminants such as cattle and sheep. The major losses are represented by direct production losses (milk and meat). IL-10 is an anti-inflammatory cytokine that is released during helminth infection and has important roles in reducing the responsiveness of immune cells. Several regulatory cytokines such as IL-10 and transforming growth factor (TGF-β) have implicated to have an important role in controlling host immune response by allowing parasite survival and enhancing the resolution of infection. This research aim to characterize the genetic regulatory mechanisms of bovine IL-10. This work is also looking at the impact of Neospora caninum on host immunity.

Research Supervisors:

Dr Robin Flynn

Primary Funding Source:

Kurdistan Region Government


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School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
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Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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