PROF Rebecca Traub

PROF Rebecca Traub


  • Veterinary Public Health, Parasitic Zoonoses, Canine Vector-borne Diseases (Molecular diagnosis, Epidemiology, Parasitology)



  • Rebecca graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 1997 and worked in small animal practice in Perth till 2002. In 2000 she commenced her PhD on canine gastrointestinal parasitic zoonoses in tea-growing communities in Assam, India for which she was awarded the John Frederick Adrian Sprent Prize by the Australian Society for Parasitologists Inc. In 2004, Rebecca was the recipient of a 3 year ARC Industry Postdoctoral Fellowship which allowed her to extend her research on canine parasitic zoonoses to Thailand.

    In 2006 Rebecca gained employment as a Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health at the School of Veterinary Science, UQ and widened her research interests into the development and application of molecular epidemiological and diagnostic tools to unravel public health risks posed by a range of direct, food-borne and vector-borne parasitic zoonoses. 

    Rebecca has published over 120 peer reviewed papers cited over 4,700 times (h index 38) and invited book chapters on the epidemiology, zoonotic potential and geographical distribution of parasites of veterinary and public health importance in Asia and Australia. She has supervised ten PhD students and two postdoctoral fellows to completion. Her research expertise been formally recognized through consultations for the Gates Foundation, World Health Organization, Food and Agricultural Organisation, the Veterinary Pharmaceutical Industry, and not-for-profit organisations.
    Rebecca is an editorial board member of a number of international tropical medicine and parasitology journals and the Founding Director of the Tropical Council for Companion Animal Parasites (TroCCAP).   


Member of

  • Tropical Council for Companion Animal Parasites Ltd. (TroCCAP). Founding Director and Executive Secretary 2016 - 2020
  • Australian Society for Parasitologists Inc.. Active Member 2000 - 2019
  • Australian Veterinary Association. Australian Veterinary Association 2017 - 2018
  • Vets Beyond Borders. Active Member 2006 - 2015


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Australian Research Council – Linkage Grant (Bayer Animal Health)   
    Chief Investigator and Australian Postdoctoral Fellow Industry
    Industry Partner Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health Division, Leverkusen, Germany
    The epidemiology of canine gastrointestinal parasitic zoonoses in different community settings in Thailand 

    Funding Body University of Queensland New Staff Start-Up  
    Principal Investigator
    The epidemiology of cystic echinococcosis in Maharashtra, India
    Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre 
    Principal Investigator
    Risk assessment and surveillance of non-encapsulated Trichinella spp. in mainland Australia
    Funding Body University of Queensland Early Career Researcher Grant 
    Principal Investigator
    Unravelling the enigma of recurrent blastocystosis in symptomatic patients in Queensland 

    Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health
    Principal Investigator
    Companion Animal Health in India 

    Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
    Chief Investigator
    Improvement and Diversification of Sweetpotato-Pig Production Systems to Support Livelihoods in Highland Papua and West Papua, Indonesia 

    Bayer HealthCare Animal Health, Australia 
    Principal Investigator
    The  epidemiology of canine vector borne diseases in SE Queensland

    Australian Research Council -Linkage – SeaWorld and Vet Marti (UQ)
    Chief Investigator
    Investigation of Neurological Trematode Infections in Marine Turtle Populations in Queensland: Effective Mo   


Education and training

  • PhD, Murdoch University 2004
  • BVMS (Hons), Murdoch University 1997
  • BSc (Vet. Biol.), Murdoch University 1996

Awards and honors

  • John Federik Adrian Sprent Medal, Australian Society for Parasitologists Inc., 2005
  • Murdoch University Prize for Best Animal-Based Research Oral Presentation, Australian Society for Medical Research, 2004
  • Deans Prize for best Research Higher Degree oral seminar, Murdoch University, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, 2003
  • Best Student Research Poster for Diagnostics and Best Overall Poster in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, 2003
  • Travel Award for Conference Attendance to New Orleans, USA, World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, 2003
  • PhD - Industry Scholar, Bayer Animal Health, Leverkusen, Germany, 2001
  • Student Prize Winner for Best Research Oral Presentation, Australian Society for Parasitologists Inc., 2001



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • I am currently unavailable for supervision at this time.