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Kyra Menai Hamilton

Project Title: Gastrointestinal nematode fitness, resistant isolate frequency, and drug efficacy; differences between single and combination active anthelmintic drugs.

Overview: I’m from a small town in North Wales. My first language is Welsh (Cymraeg), and I’m a passionate Wales rugby supporter.

My project concentrates on investigating parasite fitness and its relationship with parasite resistance status.

Gastrointestinal parasitism has a huge impact on sheep farming here in Ireland and New Zealand, finding different ways to manage parasitism using new and existing tools is essential to maintaining industry sustainability.

The opportunity to travel between both Ireland and New Zealand whilst studying was of great interest to me; the prospect of experiencing the culture and working in both countries was an unmissable opportunity.

When I am not studying I attend Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes which helps me manage my workload and stress. It also allows me to socialise and gain a totally new skillset outside of academic parameters. I also have a passion for hand crafting whether it’s through knitting, crochet, painting, or woodwork.

Programme Area: Parasitology

Supervisors: Orla Keane, Barbara Good, Dave Leathwick, Tania Waghorn and Theo de Waal (UCD)

Location: Teagasc, Parasitology, Athenry, Galway

Funding Source: Teagasc and Ag Research