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 110 peer reviewed papers cited over 3,500 times (h index 35) 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).
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
The epidemiology of cystic echinococcosis in Maharashtra, India
Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre
Risk assessment and surveillance of non-encapsulated Trichinella spp. in mainland Australia
Funding Body University of Queensland Early Career Researcher Grant
Unravelling the enigma of recurrent blastocystosis in symptomatic patients in Queensland
Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health
Companion Animal Health in India
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Improvement and Diversification of Sweetpotato-Pig Production Systems to Support Livelihoods in Highland Papua and West Papua, Indonesia
Bayer HealthCare Animal Health, Australia
The epidemiology of canine vector borne diseases in SE Queensland
Australian Research Council -Linkage – SeaWorld and Vet Marti (UQ)
Investigation of Neurological Trematode Infections in Marine Turtle Populations in Queensland: Effective Mo
Education and training
Murdoch University 2004
Murdoch University 1997
BSc (Vet. Biol.),
Murdoch University 1996
Awards and honors
John Federik Adrian Sprent Medal, Australian Society for Parasitologists Inc.,
Murdoch University Prize for Best Animal-Based Research Oral Presentation, Australian Society for Medical Research,
Deans Prize for best Research Higher Degree oral seminar, Murdoch University, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences,
Best Student Research Poster for Diagnostics and Best Overall Poster in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences,
Travel Award for Conference Attendance to New Orleans, USA, World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology,
PhD - Industry Scholar, Bayer Animal Health, Leverkusen, Germany,
Student Prize Winner for Best Research Oral Presentation, Australian Society for Parasitologists Inc.,
Currently recruiting a PhD student with a background in veterinary science and molecular diagnostics to work on a project investigating canine vector-borne diseases. Please contact the graduate office directly if interested.