Main research interest: developing efficient vaccines against mycoplasmas by using the novel CRISPR method for genome engeneering of these pathogens, and applying genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics to investigate their gene function.Dr Sara Mahdizadeh is a veterinary graduate who worked as a vet publich health officer before completing a PhD in veterinary microbiology from the University of Melbourne in 2019. For her PhD she developed a novel CRISPR technique for genome engineering of mycoplasmas and studied their gene function using metabolomics.
Her PhD was focused oninvestigating the molecular pathogenesis of Mycoplasma gallisepticum and Mycoplasma bovis. These are important pathogens of birds and cattle, respectively. Sara commenced a postdoctoral position in 2019 at Asia Pacific Centre of Animal Health (APCAH) on a research project collaborating with the Disease Control Group of the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries to support their M. bovis eradication programme. She began her current position as a Research Fellow in APCAH in 2020 on an animal vaccine used to protect against M. synoviae, another important poultry pathogen. This project involves innovative approaches such as Whole Genome Sequencing and metabolomics to investigate the basis of attenuation of the current vaccine against M. synoviae. This would improve understanding of the vaccine efficiency and could lead to development of a more efficient vaccine against this pathogen.
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Efficacy of citric acid and sodium hypochlorite as disinfectants against Mycoplasma bovis
Sara Mahdizadeh, Kate Sawford, Mary van Andel, Glenn F Browning
Journal article | 2020 | Veterinary Microbiology
Mycoplasma bovis, a cattle pathogen of major economic importance across the globe, causes a range of diseases, including pneumonia..
A combined metabolomic and bioinformatic approach to investigate the function of transport proteins of the important pathogen Mycoplasma bovis
Yumiko Masukagami, Brunda Nijagal, Sara Mandizadeh, Chi-Wen Tseng, Saravanan Dayalan, Kelly A Tivendale, Philip F Markham, Glenn F Browning, Fiona M Sansom
Journal article | 2019 | Veterinary Microbiology
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Sunshine Foundation Scholarship
Student Travel Award
The Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship
Postdoc Research Fellow (Veterinary Microbiology)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne