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Dr

Anson Koehler

Senior Research Fellow (Molecular Parasitologist)
Phylogenetics
Ecology
Evolution
Phylogeography
Parasites
Waterborne pathogens
Zoonotic helmiths
Cryptosporidium
Haycocknema
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Dr

Anson Koehler

 
Division
Veterinary And Agricultural Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Wildlife Parasitology
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Dr

Anson Koehler

 

Over the last 10 years, I have been pursuing educational and employment opportunities towards my goal of becoming a molecular and wildlife parasitologist. In 2006 I completed a Masters at the U of New Mexico where I studied phylogenetics of nematodes followed by a year of employment with the National Wildlife Health Center researching the phylogenetics of avian influenza.

In 2008 I relocated to New Zealand, where I was awarded a scholarship from the Marsden Fund, to undertake a PhD (2008-2011) on parasite host specificity, under the supervision of Prof Robert Poulin (Evolutionary and Ecological Parasitology Research Group). During my PhD program, I investigated the host specificity of pathogens using molecular tools. The research conducted during my postgraduate programs has provided me with a very solid grounding in a range of fundamental areas, including biological fieldwork, parasite epidemiology, ecology, biogeography, genetics, and genomics.

In January 2012, I joined Prof Robin Gasser’s Parasite Genetics and Genomics Group as a postdoctoral scientist at the U of Melbourne on grants from the ARC (held by Prof Gasser). In my current position, I am working in close collaboration with the water industry (Melbourne Water Corporation). Specifically, as a CI on a recent ARC Linkage grant (LP160101299 2017-2020), I am directly responsible for the development and application of an integrated monitoring strategy, involving the testing for human-infective parasites in native and introduced wildlife in catchment areas supplying water to the entire human population of Melbourne. Additionally, my interest in the use of applying next generation sequencing techniques to parasitic diagnostics has been expanded with the procurement of another ARC Linkage Grant with Profs Rebecca Traub and Mark Stevenson entitled: Chemo-prevention of tropical canine parasitoses and vector-borne diseases (LP170100187 2018-2020).

Over the last 6 years as an Early Career Researcher I have co-authored over 100 papers with fellow members of the Gasser laboratory and other collaborators. My research has focused mainly on parasitic protists and helminths of animals but has also included surveys of these pathogens in humans through collaborations with Dr Richard Bradbury at the Centers for Disease Control, USA, Drs Margaret Whipp and Geoff Hogg at the Molecular Diagnostic Unit, Dr David Spratt at CSIRO, Prof Ian Beveridge at UOM, Prof Annunziata at the U of Foggia, Italy, and Prof Anja Joachim at the U of Vet Medicine, Austria. I am well versed in the methods and techniques currently used for the phylogenetic analysis of nematodes. I am also immersed in a laboratory containing several bioinformaticians so I am becoming familiar with new approaches to handling and analysing large amounts of data.

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Credentials

Positions


Senior Research Fellow (Molecular Parasitologist)

Veterinary Biosciences

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International Society of Protistologists

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American Society for Microbiology

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Genetics Society of Australia

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Australian Society for Parasitology

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American Society of Parasitologists

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New Zealand Society for Parasitology

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Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society

Education


Doctorate in Zoology

University of Otago

Masters in Biology

University of New Mexico

Bachelors of Science

Union College