Professor Damer Blake is contributing to experimental design with a specific focus on microbiomes and metagenomics within the Hub. He has extensive experience of research with poultry, including knowledge of sampling and network development, working with scientists, industry and farmers. He works primarily with protozoan parasites. He is Professor of Parasite Genetics at RVC. His research interests are focused on protozoan parasites and pathogens of poultry using genetics and molecular biology.