Associate Professor Katherine Belov

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Associate Professor Katherine Belov leads a dynamic research team in the Faculty of Veterinary Science. They are working on the immunogenetics and genomics of Australasia’s wildlife – including devils, wallabies, platypuses, koalas, frogs, skinks, cats and bats. Kathy was an active participant in the opossum, platypus and tammar wallaby genome projects, during which she identified expansions in novel antimicrobial peptide gene families. These novel peptides protect immunologically naive marsupial and monotreme young from environmental pathogens. They are also remarkably effective at killing a broad range of bacteria, including multidrug resistant golden staph!

Kathy’s team are also studying the Tasmanian devil. The Tasmanian devil faces extinction in the wild due to the emergence of a contagious cancer. Kathy and her team are tracking the evolutionary trajectory of the cancer and trying to unravel the genetics of resistance and susceptibility of devils to DFTD. Together with the Zoo and Aquarium Association, they are managing the genetics of the insurance program, Australia’s largest captive breeding program.

You can view her full profile at Veterinary Science

We welcome Kathy to the SEIB/SIBRN team.