BSc (Adelaide), PhD (Adelaide), GCEd (UQ), DSc (UQ), FASP
Position: 
Professor of Parasitology
Room: 
532
Phone: 
+61 7 336 52584
Biography: 

Following my doctorate in Adelaide in 1979, I was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Germany from 1980-82, then a Research Scientist in the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science in Adelaide until 1994 when I joined the University of Queensland as Parasitologist (specializing in protozoology). I completed a GCEd in tertiary teaching and won an Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000, an Australian Award for University Teaching in Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies and was joint winner of the Prime-Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year in 2002. I was awarded a DSc by the University of Queensland in 2005 for my studies on protozoan diseases of humans and animals, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Society for Parasitology in 2006.

Brief Research Description: 
Clinical protozoology
Research Focus and Collaborations: 

My area of specialization is clinical protozoology and I practice as a diagnostician; i.e. I identify protozoan parasites in vertebrate hosts. My goal is to characterize those species occurring in Australia. My studies are deliberately parochial as our continent is simply the last great unexplored bastion for micro-fauna. Little is known about protozoa in the gut, blood and tissues of our unique native animals.

I seek to define the morphology, biology, phylogeny and pathogenicity of protozoan species endemic in Australian hosts, including sporozoa, ciliates, flagellates and amoebae in mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. My research involves studying parasite form and function as well as host-parasite interactions resulting in disease. I apply conventional and contemporary technologies to study organismal, cellular and molecular biology, including light and electron microscopy, biochemical and immunological assays, protein profiling and nucleotide analyses.

I have specialized in five major areas of research: cyst-forming sporozoa in humans and domestic animals (esp. abortifacients); enteric coccidia in humans and wildlife (diarrhoeal diseases); protozoa affecting aquaculture (those causing lesions); endosymbiotic protozoa in herbivores (vital to ‘rumen’ ecosystems); and protozoal biodiversity (species richness).

Teaching: 

Foundational (enabling) sciences, preclinical microbiology, applied parasitology.

  • SCIE1000:    Theory & Practice in Science
  • NURS1003:    Adults & Older Persons
  • NURS1006:    Respiratory Health
  • MEDI1011:    Medical Science 1
  • NURS2002:    Immunological Health
  • PARA3002:    Biomedical Parasitology
  • MICR6008:    Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Significant Professional Activities and Awards: 
  • Fellow, Australian Society for Parasitology Inc.
  • Life Member, Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows
  • Member, Water Quality & Vet Lab Testing, National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)
  • Member, Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences, UQ
  • Chief Departmental Examiner, School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences, UQ
Selected Publications: