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Dr Katrin Renz
BSc. and MSc.(Animal Science, Germany), PhD (UNE, Armidale), Diploma in Equine Podiotherapy
Position Research Fellow
Location CSU, Wagga Wagga
Phone 02 6993 34467
September 2010 – present:
Post Doc at CSU working on development of diagnostic tests and vector based DNA vaccines for Avian Circovirus, funded by the Australian Research Council. Processing and interpreting diagnostic field samples for Avian Circovirus analysed with standard and real-time PCR.
Oct 2008-August 2010:
Post Doc Research Fellow on a Marek’s disease project funded by AECL, and on a bacteriophage project funded by the Poultry CRC. The AECL project involved the development of 2 real-time PCR assays in order to differentiate between pathogenic and vaccinal strains of Marek’s disease virus. The project also included DNA analysis using High Resolution Melt Curve analysis.
Jul 2008 – Oct 2008:
Research assistant on several projects on casual basis. Duties included DNA sequence analysis and ELISA for both sheep and chicken antigens.
Preparation and demonstrator to practical sessions for Biochemistry 220 and Animal Production 321 – Immunology prac classes.
March 2005 – March 2008:
PhD studies on Marek’s disease at UNE.
- Avian Circovirus Research funded by ARC. Development of rapid molecular tests for virus detection, in vitro studies.
- Avian virology, Marek’s disease virus and Beak and Feather Disease Virus in particular
- Equine Podiotherapy
Renz KG, Cheetham BF and Walkden-Brown SW (2012). Differentiation between pathogenic serotype 1 isolates of Marek’s disease virus (MDV1) and the Rispens vaccine in Australia using real-time PCR and High Resolution Melt curve analysis. Journal of Virological Methods, submitted.
Renz KG, Cooke J, Clarke N, Cheetham BF, Hussain Z, Islam AFMF, Tannock GA and Walkden-Brown SW (2012). Pathotyping Australian isolates of Marek’s disease and association of pathogenicity with meq gene polymorphism. Avian Pathology, accepted.
Atkins KE, Read AF, Savill NJ, Renz KG, Walkden-Brown SW and Woolhouse MEJ (2010). Modelling Marek's Disease Virus (MDV) Infection: Parameter Estimates For Mortality Rate And Infectiousness. BMC Veterinary Research, submitted.
Renz KG, Islam A, Cheetham BF and Walkden-Brown SW (2006). Absolute quantification using real-time polymerase chain reaction of Marek's disease virus serotype 2 in field dust samples, feather tips and spleens. J Virol Methods. Aug;135 (2):186-91.