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Vern Bowles

Associate Professor (Prod Animal Health & Mgmt)
Veterinary Biosciences
proteases
parasitology
ectoparasites
head lice
sheep blowfly
immunology
flies
control
sheep lice
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A/Prof

Vern Bowles

 
Division
Veterinary And Agricultural Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Control of head lice
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A/Prof

Vern Bowles

 

Dr Vern Bowles has devoted a significant proportion of his research career to studying the role of ectoparasite proteases in parasite infections, parasite nutrition and immune evasion. Through this work, he has demonstrated that certain proteases including metalloproteases are involved in egg hatching and survival in some parasitic insect pests and that specific compounds are able to disrupt these proteases and thereby stop the eggs from hatching.

The potential commercial applications are diverse, covering both human healthcare as well as agricultural and veterinary fields.
With support from the University of Melbourne via Uniseed, Vern established Hatchtech Pty. Ltd. to commercialise his discoveries. The company's lead product is a single application head lice control agent. In 2015, Hatchtech signed an agreement with integrated pharmaceutical company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories to commercialise this product. More recently Vern's interests have turned back to the sheep blowfly where is working on understanding the nature of the immune responses occurring at the site of parasite invasion on the skin. In addition the research team are investigating the molecular changes taking place in the larvae in the time around wound initiation with the view to identifying potential vaccine candidates.

Scholarly Works

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Credentials

Positions


Associate Professor (Prod Animal Health & Mgmt)

Veterinary Biosciences

Graduate Of The Australian Institute Of Company Directors

The Australian Institute of Company Directors

Ordinary

The Australian Society for Parasitology

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

La Trobe University

Bachelor of Agricultural Science

La Trobe University

Doctor or Philosophy

La Trobe University