Mr Dhanasekaran Sakthivel

PhD Student
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Monash University

+61 4 1454 7007

Research Activities

In my PhD program, I aim to examine the role of carbohydrate recognizing proteins of sheep (galectin 11 and 14 which have novel anti-parasitic activities in resistant animals) and how they interact with glycan’s present on the parasites surface in order to provide better insights in host immune resistance and for the design of a glycan based vaccine


  • Gene cloning, Protein expression in prokaryote and eukaryote system, Protein purification by various chromatographic approach, Macromolecular structure determination by X-ray crystallography. 
  • Gene expression analysis by quantitative reverse transcription PCR and western blot analysis.  Maintained animal virus (BTV, PPRV and pox) 
  • Handled animal parasites (H. contortus, Plasmodium berghei, Plasmodium yoleii, Plasmodium falciparum, plasmodium chabaudi and F. hepatica)

Disease Models

  • BALB/c mice for the propagation of Plasmodium berghei, Plasmodium yoleii, Plasmodium falciparum, plasmodium chabaudi
  • Chicken for the New castle disease virus vaccine
  • Sheep and goat for the propagation of  H. contortus immune response 
  • Bovine for the vaccine studies of Theileria annulata 

Genetically Modified Organisms

E. coli

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Surgery University of Adelaide SEE FULL PROFILE >

Dr Ben Cocks

Department of Environment and Primary Industries Victorian State Government SEE FULL PROFILE >

Prof Hans Netter

Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory Melbourne Health SEE FULL PROFILE >

Upcoming Events

  • Jun 23

    IgV Winter Seminar

    The Leveson
  • Jun 26

    Australian Society for Parasitology 2017 annual conference

  • Jun 27

    EMBO-EMBL Symposium: New Approaches and Concepts in Microbiology