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Prof

Marshall Lightowlers

Professor
cysticercosis
hydatid disease
Echinococcus
Taenia
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
animals
parasitology
antigens, helminth
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Prof

Marshall Lightowlers

 
Division
Veterinary And Agricultural Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Parasite Vaccines
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Prof

Marshall Lightowlers

 

Melbourne Laureate Professor Marshall Lightowlers is Principal Research Fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council and Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at The University of Melbourne. Professor Lightowlers’ research career has focused on the immunology and molecular biology of taeniid cestode parasites.

He was a member of a team of scientists which developed the first recombinant vaccine against a parasitic disease. Subsequently he has sought to development similar vaccines against infection with the larval stages of cestode parasites causing zoonotic infections in humans. This led to the development of highly effective, recombinant vaccines against cysticercosis in cattle and pigs caused by Taenia saginata and Taenia solium, respectively. In collaboration with researchers at Wallaceville New Zealand, he and his colleagues also produced a recombinant vaccine against infection with hydatid disease. The effectiveness of these vaccines makes them unique in helminth parasitology and they provide valuable models for the development of vaccines against other eukaryotic parasites. Professor Lightowlers’ vaccines against Taenia solium and Echinococcus granulosus are undergoing further development and optimization in preparation for their practical use. Application of the vaccines will be expected to reduce the transmission of these parasites and thereby reduce the number of new human cases of hydatid disease and neurocysticercosis. In October 2008 Professor Lightowlers’ vaccine against Taenia solium received more than $4M support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Global Alliance for Livestock Vaccines and Medicines (GALVmed). Professor Lightowlers has served as President of the Australian Society for Parasitology and has been awarded the society’s Bancroft-Mackerras Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Science of Parasitology.

Projects

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18

Projects

Project Types


15

Research Grant


3

Research Contracts


Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2013

Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

International Association for Hydatidology

2012

President's Prize

Australian Veterinary Association

2011

Laureate Professor

University of Melbourne

1998

Bancroft-Mackerras Medal

Australian Society for Parasitology

1998

Fellow of the Australian Society for Parasitology


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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Professor

Veterinary Biosciences

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

The University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Science, Honours (First Class)

The University of Western Australia