WG1: Blastocystis epidemiology and diagnostics

Please complete our questionnaire: Mapping Blastocystis epidemiology and diagnostics


  • To map and compare the practices and explanatory criteria used by diagnostic and research laboratories across Europe for isolation, identification and subtyping of Blastocystis
  • to investigate the epidemiology of Blastocystis in Europe, using newly established generic guidelines and criteria

Team Leaders

Funda Dogruman Al

Position: Lead

Affiliation: Gazi University

Research interests: Dogruman Al is a clinical microbiologist in conventional, immunodiagnostic, and molecular diagnosis of gastrointestinal tract and blood-tissue parasites in humans. Her research area is mainly the diagnosis of Blastocystis and Dientamoba fragilis, their clinical importance, their relationship with the intestinal microbiome, and determination of Blastocystis subtypes.

David Carmena

Position:Co-Lead WP1

Affiliation: Spanish National Centre for Microbiology

Research interests: David’s research focuses on zoonotic diseases caused by protist (Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Entamoeba, Dientamoeba, Balantioides, Blastocystis, Enterocytozoon, Encephalitozoon) and helminth (Echinococcus) species, with a particular interest in those aspects related to the diagnosis, epidemiology, transmission dynamics, and zoonotic potential of these pathogens, both from the human and animal health perspective.

Isabel Guadano Procesi

Position: WG1 ECR Lead

Affiliation: Parasitology Unit, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Clinical Science and Translational Medicine Department, Italy

Research Interest: Isabel’s research area covers zoonotic gastrointestinal protists (GiardiaBlastocystisCryptosporidiumDientamoeba and Enterocytozoon) and Free-living Amoebae (genus Acanthamoeba).

Eylem Akdur Öztürk

Position: WG1 ECR Lead

Affiliation: Çukurova University. Faculty of Medicine, Department of Parasitology, Sarıçam / Adana/ Türkiye

Research Interest: Eylem Akdur Öztürk is a medical parasitologist focusing on the diagnosis and epidemiology of zoonotic parasitic infections. Especially in recent years, she has focused on investigating the transmission dynamics of zoonotic protozoa infections, mainly Blastocystis, with One Health Approach.

Ana M. Figueiredo

Position: WG1 ECR Lead

Affiliation: University of Aveiro, Portugal

Research Interest: Ana is an ecologist and parasitologist focusing her research on different protist (Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Blastocystis, Enterocytozoon) and helminth (Toxoplasma, Ancylostoma) parasites. Her research interests are focused on the transmission dynamics between wild and domestic species and their zoonotic potential and entailed risks for public health.