Research Activities


The academic staff at the Faculty of Veterinary Science have a very diverse range of research interests, which do not always correspond with their areas of teaching expertise. If you are interested in doing research in a particular area, use the following headings to guide you when approaching staff about projects.

Check the research groups website for more ideas.


Animal Production

Dr Yumin Bao
Email:yumin.bao@sydney.edu.au
Effect of enzyme preparation on performance of laying hens fed corn/soybean meal based diets.
Predicting in vivo exogenous enzymes functional patterns from in vitro assessment.

Dr Russell Bush
Email:russell.bush@sydney.edu.au
Improving Dairy Production in China and Pakistan through Improved Nutrition
Improving Beef Production in Cambodia through Improved Nutrition
Improving Nutrition for Commercial Crocodile Production in Australia
Financial Modelling the Impact of Ovine Paratuberculosis

Dr Pietro Celi
Email:pietro.celi@sydney.edu.au
Livestock metabolism and endocrinology
Nutrition and reproduction in farm animals

A/Prof Alex Chaves
Email:alex.chaves@sydney.edu.au
Ruminant nutrition
Sustainable ruminant production systems
Environmental friendly farm systems (mitigation of green house gases; management approaches to utilize the existing feed resources more efficiently

Dr Cameron Clark
Email:cameron.clark@sydney.edu.au
Use of sensors and robots in pasture-based dairy systems
Forage production and utilisation in automatic milking systems
Plant physiology
Dairy farm systems research

Dr Jeff Downing
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Endocrinology and stress physiology

Prof David R. Fraser
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Calcium and vitamin D metabolism in mammals, birds and fish

A/Prof Sergio (Yani) Garcia
Email:sergio.garcia@sydney.edu.au
Pasture-based dairy production systems
Forage production and utilisation

Adjunct Prof Heather Greenfield
Email:heather.greenfield@sydney.edu.au
Nutrition and peak bone mass in adolescence
Nutrient composition of animal food products
Chinese dairy industry

Dr Peter Groves
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Epidemiological approaches to poultry disease management

Dr Alison Gunn
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Livestock health and production
Infectious diseases

A/Prof John K. House
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Livestock health and production
Infectious diseases
Antimicrobial efficacy and susceptibility
Food safety

Dr Kendra Kerrisk
Email:kendra.kerrisk@sydney.edu.au
Automatic milking for Australian pasture based dairy systems

Dr Rafiq Islam
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Forage production and utilisation
Modelling system fitness of forages in pasture-based automatic milking system

Dr Stuart Wilkinson
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Poultry and pig nutrition and physiology.
Animal Feed Technology

Prof Peter A. Windsor
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Improving smallholder ruminant productivity in the Greater Mekong Region
Provision of animal welfare innovations of relevance to routine husbandry management


Applied Animal Reproduction

Dr Roslyn Bathgate
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Applied reproduction in farm animals and wildlife

Dr Simon de Graaf
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Applied reproduction in domestic and wild animals.
Semen and embryo preservation, artificial insemination and embryo transfer.
In vitro fertilisation and embryo culture.
Production of pre-sexed offspring by flow cytometric sex-sorting.
The role of seminal plasma in sperm function and fertility.

Dr Christopher Grupen
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Gamete and embryo physiology
Assisted reproductive technologies


Companion Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare

A/Prof Vanessa Barrs
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Clinical research of infectious diseases in cats
Prevalence studies of genetic diseases amongst Australian cats
Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of novel insulin in cats

A/Prof Julia Beatty
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Infectious diseases of cats.
Neoplastic, genetic and endocrine diseases of small animals

Dr Graeme Brown
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Dogs as reservoirs of human enteric pathogens and Streptococci and Staphylococci and their impact in Aboriginal communities.
Ticks and the rickettsial tick-borne diseases of dogs.

Dr Katrina Bosward
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Veterinary Immunology and Microbiology
Pathogenesis of OJD
Snake envenomation in cats and dogs
Pathogenesis of chronic feline renal failure
Wound Healing in the Mulesing Operation

Dr Peter Higgins
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Small animal nutrition
Professional ethics
Writing for public communication
Media’s role shaping the contemporary public sphere & public debate
Urban Animal Management
The role of listening role in the communication process
Human Animal Bond

A/Prof Mark B. Krockenberger
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Host-Pathogen-Environment Interactions of Cryptococcosis
Diseases of Australian Wildlife, especially koalas
Diagnostic use of Immunohistochemistry in soft tissue tumours of cats and dogs
Infectious diseases of animals

Prof Paul D. McGreevy
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Behaviour and welfare studies in domestic species, especially horses and dogs
Training of domestic and exotic species
Human-animal interactions

A/Prof Jacqueline M. Norris
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Periodontal disease in cats
Feline infectious peritonitis
Feline immunodeficiency virus
Feline chronic renal failure

Dr Katja Voss
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Orthopaedic surgery
Trauma surgery and gait analysis
Feline orthopaedic surgery

Dr Sanaa Zaki
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Anaesthesia and analgesia


Educational Research and Practice Management

Dr John Baguley
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Veterinary economics, law, ethics and business management.

Dr Peter Higgins
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Teaching pedagogies and learning methodologies for tertiary students
Professional ethics
Writing for public communication
Media’s role shaping the contemporary public sphere & public debate
Strategic business planning
The role of listening role in the communication process
Marketing services

Dr Susan Matthew
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Students' experiences of learning in professional placements
Placement supervisors' and lecturers' experiences of teaching in Veterinary Science
Leadership in veterinary practice

Prof Roseanne A. Taylor
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Neurological disease
Stem cells
Gene therapy
Veterinary education


Equine Research

Dr Robin Bell
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Lameness and poor performance in horses
Degenerative joint disease

Prof Andrew Dart
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Clinical research
Biomedical Research
Equine Surgery
Equine Performance
Camelid medicine and surgery

A/Prof Christina Dart
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Degenerative joint disease and cartilage healing
Gastrointestinal disease
Surgical management of colic

Dr Natasha Hamilton
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Equine genetics: including selection, performance and susceptibility to disease and injury
Performance, welfare and wastage in racehorses

Prof Leo Jeffcott
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Equine medicine and surgery, especially orthopaedics, paediatrics, internal medicine, clinical pathology and exercise physiology
In particular, back and spinal conditions of horses, and their effects on athletic performance; developmental conditions of horses, and the pathogenesis of Osteochondrosis; climatic effects on horses competing under hot/humid conditions at the Olympic Games.

Prof Paul D. McGreevy
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Behaviour and welfare studies in domestic species, especially horses and dogs
Training of domestic and exotic species
Human-animal interactions

Dr Tony Mogg
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Equine internal medicine, ophthalmology, cardiology and clinical pharmacology
Veterinary education

Dr Gary Muscatello
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Equine infectious disease
Epidemiology of Rhodococcus equi
Epidemiology of Equine transport pneumonia
Aerosol culture methods to detect agents associated with respiratory disease in the horse
Sequence identification of unusual pathogens


Farm Animal Health and Welfare

A/Prof Robyn Alders
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Ecologically sustainable development and improved livelihoods for rural communities both in Australia and internationally
International livestock
One Health research scientist

Dr Joy Becker
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Infectious diseases of fish
Aquatic animal health

Dr Douglas Begg
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Pathogenesis of Johne’s disease in sheep

Dr Katrina Bosward
Email:
Veterinary Immunology and Microbiology
Pathogenesis of OJD
Snake envenomation in cats and dogs
Pathogenesis of chronic feline renal failure
Wound Healing in the Mulesing Operation

Dr Greg Cronin
Email:greg.cronin@sydney.edu.au
Livestock behaviour and welfare
Development of non-confinement farrowing systems for pigs
Improving the management of free range laying hens
Use of technology to improve the management and welfare of extensive livestock

Dr Navneet Dhand
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Epidemiology of ovine Johne’s disease
Statistical computing and data analysis
Relational databases and animal health information systems
Mathematical modelling

Dr Om Dhungyel
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Ovine Footrot Research - Diagnosis, Molecular Pathogenesis and Vaccine Development
Ovine Johne’s disease

Dr Kumudika de Silva
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Inflammatory response to injury/inflammation
Apoptosis
Ovine Johne's disease

Prof David Emery
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Ruminant immunology related to infectious diseases
Parasitology and vaccination

Dr Peter Groves
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Epidemiological approaches to poultry disease management

Dr Alison Gunn
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Livestock health and production
Infectious diseases

A/Prof John K. House
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Livestock health and production
Infectious diseases
Food safety
Animal welfare
Live export

Dr Wendy Muir
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Avian immunology

Dr Karren Plain
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Cellular and molecular immunology (in particular transplantation
immunology)
Ovine Johne's Disease
Immune regulation

Dr Katherine Sawford
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Prevalence of classical swine fever, and associated farm-level risk factors for disease
Hendra virus risk perception and risk mitigation practices among horse owners
Qualitative research in animal health
Emerging infectious disease event detection and response

A/Prof Jenny-Ann Toribio
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Epidemiology of infectious disease
Smallholder livestock systems
Risk assessment
Innovative approaches to education

Prof Richard J. Whittington
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Infectious diseases of livestock, fauna and fish

Prof Peter A. Windsor
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Livestock health diagnosis & management systems
Control of paratuberculosis in Australia
Control of Foot and Mouth Disease in south east Asia
Epidemiology of Neosporosis
Congential disorders & genetic disease diagnosis and control
Neuropathology of ruminant diseases


Genetics and Genomics

Prof Katherine Belov
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Genetics and genomics of Australasian Wildlife

Dr Natasha Hamilton
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Equine genetics
Genetics of parasite resistance in sheep

Dr Jaime Gongora
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Wildlife genetics
Co-evolution
Phylogeography
Population genetics

Dr Mehar Khatkar
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Integrated genomics
Linkage disequilibrium mapping
Marker Assisted Selection
Computing and data analysis

Prof Herman W. Raadsma
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Livestock genomics
Resistance to disease
Functional genomics

A/Prof Paul Sheehy
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Functional Genomics
Gene Discovery
Gene therapy
Cell biology
Molecular diagnostics
Basic cellular biology

A/Prof Imke Tammen
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Inherited disorders in animals
Animal models for Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
Genetics of production traits
Bioethics
Graduate attributes in tertiary education

Prof Rosanne A. Taylor
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Neurological disease
Stem cells
Gene therapy
Veterinary education

A/Prof Peter Thomson
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Statistical genetics
Major gene analysis
Applied statistics

Prof Claire Wade
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Medical and Behavioural Genetics and Genomics
Animal Genetics Animal Genomics Computational Biology

A/Prof Peter Williamson
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Functional Genomics/Proteomics
Molecular immunology
Signal transduction
Bio-engineering
Lactation
Dr Beata Ujvari
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Tumour evolution (Telomeres and Telomerase, Epigenetics)
Ageing and immunology (immunosenescence)
Conservation and population genetics


Immunology, Photobiology and Pharmacology

Dr Katrina L. Bosward
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Veterinary Immunology and Microbiology
Pathogenesis of OJD
Snake envenomation in cats and dogs
Pathogenesis of chronic feline renal failure
Wound Healing in the Mulesing Operation

Prof David Emery
Email:
Ruminant immunology related to infectious diseases
Parasitology and vaccination

A/Prof Merran Govendir
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Veterinary clinical pharmacology
Immunohistochemistry

Dr Wendy I. Muir
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Avian immunology

Dr Karren Plain
Email:
Cellular and molecular immunology (in particular transplantation
immunology)
Ovine Johne's Disease
Immune regulation

Dr Beata Ujvari
Email:
Tumour evolution (Telomeres and Telomerase, Epigenetics)
Ageing and immunology (immunosenescence)
Conservation and population genetics


Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology

Dr Katrina L. Bosward
Email:
Veterinary Immunology and Microbiology
Pathogenesis of OJD
Snake envenomation in cats and dogs
Pathogenesis of chronic feline renal failure
Wound Healing in the Mulesing Operation

Prof David Emery
Email:
Ruminant immunology related to infectious diseases
Parasitology and vaccination

A/Prof Jacqui M. Norris
Email:
Periodontal disease in cats
Feline infectious peritonitis
Feline immunodeficiency virus
Feline chronic renal failure

Dr Jan Slapeta
Email:
Protozoology
Microbial Evolution & Systematics
Diagnostic Applications


Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety

Dr Navneet Dhand
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Veterinaryary Biometry Data Analysis for Epidemiology Research Veterinary Epidemiology

Dr Om Dhungyel
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Microbiology
Molecular microbiology
E coli in Cattle and pigs

Dr Salome Dürr

Rabies research
Simulation modelling
Infectious disease epidemiology

Dr Siobhan Mor

Epidemiology of cryptosporidiosis in Uganda
Livestock ownership and human health and nutrition in Africa
Foodborne and zoonotic disease surveillance

Dr Kate Sawford
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A/Prof Jenny-Ann
Toribio

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Epidemiology of ovine Johnes disease and congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin (CCUO) in beef cattle. Epidemiology and Veterinary public health


Prof Michael Ward
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E.coli disease in cattle and pigs
Rabies control
Surveillance systems
Models of transboundary disease spread
Spatial disease analysis


Wildlife Biology, Health and Conservation

Prof Katherine Belov
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Genetics and genomics of Australasian Wildlife

Dr Jaime Gongora
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Wildlife genetics
Co-evolution
Phylogeography
Population genetics

Dr Rachael Gray
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Marine mammal health and disease

Dr Catherine Herbert
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Wildlife Health and Conservation

Dr Damien Higgins
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Pathogenesis and ecology of wildlife disease
Wildlife immunology
Medicine, surgery and management of terrestrial and marine wildlife

A/Prof Mark Krockenberger
Email:
Host-Pathogen-Environment Interactions of Cryptococcosis
Diseases of Australian Wildlife, especially koalas
Diagnostic use of Immunohistochemistry in soft tissue tumours of cats and dogs
Infectious diseases of animals

Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska
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Nutritional Ecology of marine and terrestrial animals (marine predators, primates and common myna birds)
Prof David Raubenheimer
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Nutritional Ecology

A/Prof David Phalen
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Infectious diseases of wildlife, particularly birds

Dr Derek Spielman
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Pathology, ecology and epidemiology of diseases affecting wildlife
Exotic, new and emerging diseases that affect wildlife (native and exotic)
Domesticated animal and human interfaces
How the genetics of small populations affects endangered populations and species

Dr Glenn M Shea
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Biology of reptiles

Dr Joy Tripovich
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Acoustic communication and behaviour of seals and other marine fauna
Impact of noise on marine species; and Marine mammal hearing

Dr Beata Ujvari
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Tumour evolution (Telomeres and Telomerase, Epigenetics)
Ageing and immunology (immunosenescence)
Conservation and population genetics