A/Prof David Piedrafita

Associate Professor
Federation University

david.piedrafita@federation.edu.au

Research Activities

Worm parasites such as the liver flukes, blood flukes and gastrointestinal nematodes infect grazing ruminants, particularly in Asia and Africa, resulting in enormous economic loss to the agricultural sector or subsistence farmers and negatively impacting on efficient food production in developing countries. Some of these parasites also cause significant human disease. At present there are few drugs and no molecular vaccines effective against these parasites. Research is centred in understanding how parasites and hosts interact to provide information we need to understand disease susceptibility and design better vaccines or drugs to prevent and treat parasitic disease.

Techniques/Expertise

Parasite Immunology
Research in parasite vaccine development and performance
Genetic control of disease resistance

Collaborations

Mahidol University, Thailand
Central Veterinary Research Laboratories (CVRL), Sudan, Africa
Reprogen-Centre for Advanced Technologies in Animal Genetics and Reproduction, University of Sydney
Research Institute for Veterinary Science, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
Institute for Biotechnology, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Pfizer Animal Health
ARC-Centre or Excellence in Structural and Functional Microbial Genomics, Monash University

Disease Models

Sheep/Cattle parasite infection models (Haemonchus/Fasciola species)

Other Lab Members

Mr Gary Nguyen (TA)
Mr Chris Hosking (RA)
Ms Sarah Preston (PhD student)
Mr Hamish McWilliam (PhD student)
Mr Michael Lees (PhD student)

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