James Wasmuth

Associate Professor (Host-Parasite Interactions)

Ecosystem and Public Health

Associate Member

Wildlife Health & Ecology Research Group

Full Member

Infection Biology Research Group

BSc, MRes, PhD

Contact information


Web presence

Wasmuth Lab


Office : TRW1E33


Graduate Teaching:

  • Practical Bioinformatics
  • Genome Informatics
  • Integrated Parasitology
  • Helminthology

Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Genetics and Molecular Biology (first year DVM)

Preferred method of communication

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Faculty/Admin Assistant

Name: Joy Punsalan

Phone: +1 (403) 210-6085

Email: maryjoy.punsalan@ucalgary.ca

Research and teaching

Research Interests

  • Immunology and Infectious Disease

Research / Scholarly Activities

Dr. Wasmuth's lab uses genomics, bioinformatics to study parasitic worms (helminths).

The two main themes are:
1) understanding how parasitism evolved and identifying the genomic adaptations involved,
2) modelling biochemical pathways of parasites to identify targets for much needed anti-parasitic drugs.

The drug discovery research focuses on helminths of cattle, a significant problem for animal welfare and the production economics of Albertan and Canadian cattle industries. The Wasmuth lab is supported by funding from NSERC, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.


Dr. Wasmuth received a BSc (Biochemistry) from Imperial College, London, an MRes (Bioinformatics) from the University of York (UK), and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He conducted his postdoctoral training at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and National Institutes of Health (USA). Dr. Wasmuth joined the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London and has been awarded the Faculty’s award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision.