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Dr Shokoofeh Shamsi
BSc (Tehran U), MSc (Tehran U Med Sci & Health Services), PhD (U Melbourne)
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Location Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
Phone 02 6933 4887
Fax 02 6933 2991
Dr Shamsi has been working in the field of Parasitology since she completed her Bachelors Degree in Animal Science in 1993. In the same year, she was employed by the Iranian Fisheries Research Institute as a Research Officer, investigating various aspects of parasitic diseases of both farmed and wild freshwater fish.
She completed her Masters Degree in 2000, researching comparison of various diagnostic techniques including ELISA, IFA, DAT, PCR, histo-pathology, and rK39 dipstick kit for rapid detection of visceral leishmaniosis in humans and dogs in Iran.·
In 2003, she was the recipient of an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and Melbourne International Research scholarship (MIRS) from University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, studying Genetic and Morphological Characterisation of Anisakid Nematodes in Selected Fish, Piscivorous Birds and Marine Mammals.
After completing her PhD in 2007, she worked as the Director of the Division of Marine and Freshwater Fish Diseases in the Iranian Fisheries Research Institute and then as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Applied Science, RMIT University, on identification and molecular characterisation of zoonotic parasites of seafood and parasitic allergens. She joined Charles Sturt University as a lecturer in January 2010.
Research and Teaching
Dr Shamsi’s research interests include the systematics of a number of phyla but principally nematodes and monogeneans. She is interested also in the use of molecular tools for species diagnosis, life cycle completion and biodiversity assessment.
Dr Shamsi has teaching experience in the following topics in various universities and institutions:
- Animal Health
- Medical Parasitology
- Veterinary Parasitology
- General Zoology
- A member of research groups investigating:
- Review of the Australian genera Anisakis, Contracaecum and Terranova (Nematoda: Ascaridoideas)
- Important factors of mortality in sturgeon larvae in Iranian hatcheries
- Collection and identification of Iranian fish parasites to establish a parasitology Museum in Iran
- Co-editor of the Iranian Journal of Fisheries Science (June 2008 to present)
- Member of RMIT Health Innovations Research Institute
- Member of the Australian Society of Parasitology
- Systematics and biology of helminth parasites of aquatic animals
- Risk assessment of emerging food borne disease in seafoods
- Application of novel molecular approaches to analyze environmental changes, using fish parasites as bio-indicator.
Shamsi S, Gasser R, Beveridge I (2012). Description and genetic characterisation of Hysterothylacium (Nematoda: Raphidascarididae) larvae parasitic in Australian marine fishes. Parasitology International. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.parint.2012.10.001.
Shamsi S, Gasser R, Beveridge I (2012). Genetic characterisation and taxonomy of species of Anisakis (Nematoda : Anisakidae) parasitic in Australian marine mammals. Invertebrate Systematics 26: 204–212.
Jabbar A, Asnoussi A, Norbury L, Eisenbarth A, Shamsi S, Gasser R, Lopata A, Beveridge I (2012). Larval anisakid nematodes in teleost fishes from Lizard Island, northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 63, 1283–1299.
Shamsi S, Butcher A (2011). First Human Case of anisakidosis. Medical Journal of Australia 194(4): 199-200.
Shamsi S, Gasser R, Beveridge I (2011). Mutation scanning-coupled sequencing of nuclear ribosomal DNA spacers (as a taxonomic tool) for the specific identification of different Contracaecum larval types. Molecular and Cellular Probes 25:13-18.