Catarina’s research focuses on the structure and function of cell surface membranes in protozoan parasites and how these relate to disease, evolution and development of treatment. Through studies of cell surface composition and architecture, both at the level of molecular targets and of cellular organisation, her pre-clinical work has made significant contributions to understanding surface-exposed antigens of livestock and human African trypanosomes that are critical for parasitism and to possible therapeutic exploitation and vaccine development.
Molecular and cellular parasitology
Cell biology of endocytosis, secretion, and parasite surface receptors.
Host-parasite interactions, evolution of parasitism, and development of treatment