DR Neil Young

DR Neil Young


  • genomic and molecular research to understand the biology of parasitic worms and the diseases that they cause (Parasitology, Genomics, Bioinformatics)



  • Doctor Neil D. Young (PhD) is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow, undertaking genomic research on parasitic helminths within the Pathogen Genomics and Genetics Program (PGGP) in The University of Melbourne. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to undertake genomic and molecular research to understand the biology of parasitic worms and the diseases that they cause. By studying these parasites, he is also focused on better understanding their epidemiology, ecology and evolution as well as importantly, on pathogen control. Since undertaking his post-doctoral training, Dr Young has built a strong record of collaborative research in genomics and transcriptomics to explore the biology of a wide range of socioeconomically important pathogens. Current projects led by Dr Young relate to sequencing the genomes of cancer-causing parasites to understand the molecular biology of these pathogens and disease processes as well as enhancing the annotation and current gene sets using a range of complementary bioinformatic approaches.   


Member of

  • Genetics Society of AustralAsia. Ordinary member of the society 2011 -
  • Melbourne Bioinformatics Alliance. Ordinary member of the alliance 2009 -
  • Australian Society for Parasitology. Ordinary member of the society 2005 -
  • Australian Society for Parasitology. Victorian Representative on the Australian Society for Parasitology council 2011 - 2012
  • International Society of Developmental and Comparative Immunology. Ordinary member of the society 2006 - 2010


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Tasmania 2009
  • BSc, James Cook University of North Queensland 1997
  • ADARM, Central Queensland University 1992

Awards and honors

  • Postdoctoral researcher oral presentation award at the Anniversary (50th) Conference of the Australian Society of Parasitology (ASP), Canberra, Austra, Australian Society for Parasitology, 2014
  • CASS Travel Grant, Contributing to Australian Scholarship and Science (CASS), 2014
  • Rob Lewis medal for excellence in postgraduate research, University of Tasmania, 2009
  • Endeavour Research Fellowship (Awardee ID number 1511_2010), Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2009
  • Student oral presentation award at the Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) Conference, Australian Society for Parasitology, 2008
  • Mentoring scheme travel support, ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitolog, 2008
  • Travel Support Scholarship, Aquafin CRC, 2008
  • Student oral presentation award at the University of Tasmania - Research Conference: Sharing Excellence in Research, University of Tasmania, 2007
  • ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology travel support scholarship, ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology, 2006


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Postgraduate students projects are available for students interested in using next-generation molecular technologies and bioinformatics to gain a deeper understanding of a number of parasites affecting humans and animals. Our projects aim to solidly underpin the development of radically new treatments, vaccines and/or diagnostics for parasitic diseases.