Our team works mainly on socio-economically important parasites. Parasitic diseases cause millions of deaths and enormous suffering in people and animals around the world. Our main goal is to understand parasites and the diseases that they cause, so that we can develop effective treatments, vaccines, diagnostic tests and strategies for effective control.
RESEARCH GROUP CONTACT INFORMATION
JEX GROUP - PROTOZOAN AND ROUNDWORM BIOLOGY AND GENOMICS
- Aaron Jex BSc (Hons) PhD, Senior Lecturer in Parasitology, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Louise Baker BSc (Hons), PhD, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
- Brendan Ansell BSc Hons (Melb), RHD student
JABBAR GROUP - VETERINARY PARASITOLOGY AND ANTIPARASITIC DRUGS
- Abdul Jabbar DVM, MSc, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Parasitology, Email: email@example.com
- Mary Shuttleworth BSc (Hons), RHD student
- Piyumali Perera BSc (Hons), RHD student
TRAUB GROUP- PUBLIC HEALTH AND EPIDEMIOLOGY
- Rebecca Traub BSc, BVMS (Hons), PhD, Associate Professor in Parasitology, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sze Fui Hii DVM, PhD, Research Fellow
- Nguyen Ngoc Dinh BVSc, MVSc, RHD student
- Thomas (Yen Thon) Teoh BVSc, RHD student
YOUNG GROUP - FLATWORM BIOLOGY AND GENOMICS
- Neil Young BSc (Hons), PhD, NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, Email: email@example.com
- Pasi Korhonen BSc, MSc, RHD student and bioinformatician
- Bahiyah Binti Nor BSc (Hons), MSc candidate
- Andreas Stroehlein BSc, MSc, RHD student
PARASITE BIOLOGY AND GENOMICS
- Robin Gasser BVM, DVM, PhD, DVSc, Professor, Vice - President, Australian Society for Parasitology, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anson Koehler BSc, MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
- Clare Anstead BSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
- Bert Breugelmans BSc, MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
- Ross Hall BSc, Grad Dip Comp Sci, Bioinformatician
- Namitha Mohandas BSc, MSc, Research Assistant
- Sarah Preston BSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Research opportunity: Pets, Parasites and People - Epidemiological investigation of companion animal endoparasites in Australia.
Pets, Parasites and People - Epidemiological investigation of companion animal endoparasites in Australia.
We are currently seeking a MPhil or PhD student to enrol in an industry-funded project titled: Pets, People and Parasites in Australia.
The project will use cutting-edge epidemiological and molecular diagnostic tools to ascertain the current prevalence, distribution and risk factors associated with parasites and vector-borne diseases in dogs and cats in Australia. Not only do these agents impact the health of pets, but many are capable of infecting humans, thus posing a zoonotic risk to family members and the public.
A background in Veterinary Medicine or Science is ideal, but not mandatory. Interested students will be expected to either possess, or successfully apply for a full-time domestic or international RHD scholarship through the University of Melbourne to be eligible.
QUERY OUR DATABASES
Sequence data is available for the following publications:
Elucidating the transcriptome of Fasciola hepatica - a key to fundamental and biotechnological discoveries for a neglected parasite.Young ND, Hall RS, Jex AR, Cantacessi C, Gasser RB
Biotechnol Adv. 2010 Mar-Apr; 28(2):222-31.
Abstract available through pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20006979
Differences in transcription between free-living and CO2-activated third-stage larvae of Haemonchus contortus
Cantacessi C, Campbell BE, Young ND, Jex AR, Hall RS, Presidente PJ, Zawadzki JL, Zhong W, Aleman B, Loukas A, Sternberg PW, Gasser RB
BMC Genomics. 2010 Apr 27; 11:266
Abstract available through pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20420710
- Query our Haemonchus contortus sequence data here
- Download our unique Haemonchus contortus ensheathed L3 sequence data here
- Download our unique Haemonchus contortus exsheathed L3 sequence data here
- Download all Haemonchus contortus ensheathed L3 contigs here
- Download all Haemonchus contortus exsheathed L3 contigs here
- Download our Haemonchus contortus ensheathed L3 raw 454 sequence data (.sff format) here
- Download all Haemonchus contortus exsheathed L3 raw 454 sequence data (.sff format) here
Massively parallel sequencing and analysis of the Necator americanus transcriptome
Cantacessi C, Mitreva M, Jex AR, Young ND, Campbell BE, Hall RS, Doyle MA, Ralph SA, Rabelo EM, Ranganathan S, Sternberg PW, Loukas A, Gasser RB
PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2010 May 11; 4(5):e684
Abstract available through pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20485481
Unlocking the transcriptomes of two carcinogenic parasites, Clonorchis sinensis and Opisthorchis viverrini
Young ND, Campbell BE, Hall RS, Jex AR, Cantacessi C, Laha T, Sohn WM, Sripa B, Loukas A, Brindley PJ, Gasser RB
PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2010; 4(6):e719.
Abstract available through pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20582164
A practical, bioinformatic workflow system for large datasets generated by next-generation sequencing
Cantacessi C, Jex AR, Hall RS, Young ND, Campbell BE, Joachim A, Nolan MJ, Abubucker S, Sternberg PW, Ranganathan S, Mitreva M, Gasser RB, Nucleic Acid Res. 2010; 38(17):e171.
Abstract available through pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20682560
First transcriptomic analysis of the economically important parasitic nematode, Trichostrongylus colubriformis, using a next-generation sequencing approach
Cantacessi C, Mitreva M, Campbell BE, Hall RS, Young ND, Jex AR, Ranganathan S, Gasser RB, Infect Genet Evol. 2010; 10(8):1199-1207
Abstract available through pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20692378
A portrait of the transcriptome of the neglected trematode, Fasciola gigantica - biological and biotechnological implications.
Young ND, Jex AR, Cantacessi C, Hall RS, Campbell BE, Spithill TW, Tangkawattana S, Tangkawattana P, Laha T, Gasser RB:, PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2011; 5(2):e1004.
Abstract available through pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21408104
Insights into SCP/TAPS proteins of liver flukes based on large-scale bioinformatic analyses of sequence datasets.
Cantacessi C, Hofmann A, Young ND, Broder U, Hall RS, Loukas A, Gasser RB, PLoS One. 2012 in press.
Parasit Vectors. 2017 Dec 12;10(1):604
Authors: Zhao L, He X, Grevelding CG, Ye Q, Li Y, Gasser RB, Dissous C, Mughal MN, Zhou YQ, Zhao JL, Hu M
Schistosomiasis is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases worldwide and is caused by parasitic trematodes of the genus Schistosoma. The pathogenesis of schistosomiasis is caused by eggs whose production is the consequence of the pairing of schistosomes and the subsequent sexual maturation of the female. Previous studies have demonstrated that protein kinases are involved in processes leading to the male-induced differentiation of the female gonads, ovary and vitellarium. Right open reading frame protein kinase 2 (RIOK-2) is a member of the atypical kinase family and shown in other organisms to be responsible for ribosomal RNA biogenesis and cell-cycle progression, as well as involves in nematode development. However, nothing is known about its functions in any trematode including schistosome.
We isolated and characterized the riok-2 gene from S. japonicum, and detected the transcriptional profiles of Sj-riok-2 by using real-time PCR and in situ hybridization. RNAi-mediated knockdown of Sj-riok-2 was performed, mitotic activities were detected by EdU incorporation assay and morphological changes on organs were observed by confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM).
In silico analyses of the amino acid sequence of Sj-RIOK-2 revealed typical features of this class of kinases including a winged helix (wHTH) domain and a RIO kinase domain. Sj-riok-2 is transcribed in different developmental stages of S. japonicum, with a higher abundance in adult females and eggs. Localization studies showed that Sj-riok-2 was mainly transcribed in female reproductive organs. Experiments with adult schistosomes in vitro demonstrated that the transcriptional level of Sj-riok-2 was affected by pairing. Knocking down Sj-riok-2 by RNAi reduced cell proliferation in the vitellarium and caused the increased amount of mature oocytes in ovary and an accumulation of eggs within the uterus.
Sj-riok-2 is involved in the reproductive development and maturation of female S. japonicum. Our findings provide first evidence for a pairing-dependent role of Sj-riok-2 in the reproductive development and maturation of female S. japonicum. Thus this study contributes to the understanding of molecular processes controlling reproduction in schistosomes.
PMID: 29233188 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]