Professor Robin Gasser has been awarded the title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor for his outstanding contribution to research at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Gasser's research into the biology of socioeconomically important parasites aims to improve the health and wellbeing of both animals and humans.

Professor Robin B. Gasser studies important parasites of humans and animals.

He and his team have been using genetic, genomic and bioinformatic approaches to understand parasite biology and molecular biology, parasitic diseases and host-parasite interactions and to develop improved diagnostics and disease interventions.

In an email to staff, Professor John Fazakerley, Dean of the Faculty of Veterianry and Agricultural Sciences, said the title fitting given the global impact of Professor Gasser's research.

"Redmond Barry Distinguished Professors are a highly select group of the University’s leading international level researchers and Robin joins the Faculty’s Associate Dean (Research), Professor Frank Dunshea as only the second holder of this award within the Faculty," he said.

"Robin, congratulations for this well-deserved recognition of your ongoing contributions to the University and to veterinary medicine, parasitology and genomics."

Professor Gasser is also Director of Research at the Melbourne Veterinary School, a Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology and a Fellow of the Australian Society for Parasitology.

The Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor title, established in honour of Sir Redmond Barry's contribution as founder of the University, recognises professors who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the University and wider community, coupled with pre-eminence in their research, teaching and creative activity.

Nominations are considered by the University’s Distinguished Academic Awards Committee and approved by the Vice-Chancellor. 

Banner image: an egg of the Schistosoma haematobium blood fluke. Professor Gasser and colleagues including Neil Young and Aaron Jex of the University of Melbourne sequenced the genome of the parasite in 2012. Source: Wikimedia Commons.