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Research interests

Dr Dyrynda’s research interests include developmental and comparative immunology, particularly the effects of stress on the immune system and the consequences for successful disease resistance. The research involves a number of different species, but focuses in particular on molluscs and crustaceans, which are an important economic resource. Current aspects of research include the expression and activity of novel anti-microbial peptides, immunotoxicology and cell death processes.


Liz Dyrynda graduated in Zoology from the University of Wales Swansea and later obtained her PhD there in comparative immunology (1995). Following University of Wales and Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships, she was appointed as Lecturer in Aquatic Biology at Swansea in 2000 and joined Heriot Watt as Lecturer in Marine Biology in 2002.

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hemocytes Agriculture & Biology
Cerastoderma edule Agriculture & Biology
shell (molluscs) Agriculture & Biology
mussels Agriculture & Biology
crustin Agriculture & Biology
Combat Disorders Medicine & Life Sciences
Mya Medicine & Life Sciences
Carbon Nanotubes Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2003 2018

Cellular stress responses to chronic heat shock and shell damage in temperate Mya truncata

Sleight, V. A., Peck, L. S., Dyrynda, E. A., Smith, V. J. & Clark, M. S., 12 May 2018, In : Cell Stress and Chaperones. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Combat Disorders
Hot Temperature
Open Access
Carcinus maenas
tissue distribution

An Antarctic molluscan biomineralisation tool-kit

Sleight, V. A., Marie, B., Jackson, D. J., Dyrynda, E., Marie, A. & Clark, M. S., 11 Nov 2016, In : Scientific Reports. 6, 36978

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
shell (molluscs)
Laternula elliptica

Antimicrobial proteins: From old proteins, new tricks

Smith, V. J. & Dyrynda, E., Dec 2015, In : Molecular Immunology. 68, 2, Part B, p. 383-398 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Arthropod Proteins
Decapoda (Crustacea)

Mechanism of neutrophil activation and toxicity elicited by engineered nanomaterials

Johnston, H. J., Brown, D. M., Kanase, N., Euston, M., Gaiser, B. K., Robb, C. T., Dyrynda, E., Rossi, A. G., Brown, E. R. & Stone, V., Aug 2015, In : Toxicology in Vitro. 29, 5, p. 1172-1184 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Neutrophil Activation
Nanostructured materials

Activities 2008 2012

  • 5 Publication peer-review
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Membership of external research organisation
  • 1 Other

Marine Environmental Research (Journal)

Dyrynda, E. A. (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

International Society for Developmental and Comparative Immunology (External organisation)

Dyrynda, E. A. (Advisor)

Activity: MembershipMembership of external research organisation

12th Congress of the International Society for Developmental & Comparative Immunology

Dyrynda, E. A. (Member of programme committee)
9 Jul 201213 Jul 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Vaccine (Journal)

Dyrynda, E. A. (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review