Describe your work in a Twitter post (140 characters)
How did you get to where you are now?
“I carried out my undergraduate BSc in Zoology at Southampton University, and then moved to Bedford where I carried out my PhD. I spent a short time at Glasgow University, and have been at the University of Nottingham since 1987”
What is your proudest work-related moment to date?
“When my paper on the immunomodulation by Heligmosomoides was published (J.M.Behnke, J.Hannah & D.I.Prichard (1983). Nematospiroides dubius in the mouse: evidence that the adult worm depresses the expression of homologous immunity. Parasite Immunology 5, 397-408)”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“When I was a construction worker
If you had left academia in a parallel universe, what job would you be doing instead?
“I’d love to be a train driver or truck driver.”
Apart from Cardiff (or Wales), where is the best place you have ever travelled for work?
“It has to be when I went to Nairobi.”
What’s your favourite parasite?
If you had to be infected with a parasite what would you pick?
“It would have to be the hookworm Necator americanus”
What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind be?
“It would have to be Helminthology – the life and times of helminths!”
What’s your favourite type of cheese?
To find about more about Jerzy Behnke’s research at the School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham have a look at his website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/life-sciences/people/jerzy.behnke