Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation
photo of Panos Loukopoulos
Position: Senior lecturer in veterinary pathology

Organisation: School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Career Brief

I am a veterinary pathologist with CSU’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.

I joined CSU in 2014 after working as a diagnostic veterinary pathologist at the California Animal Health and Food Safety lab of the University of California Davis, a leading diagnostic lab focusing on farm animal pathology.

I graduated as a veterinarian from Aristotle University (Greece) and served for two years as an army officer (veterinarian). I also worked briefly as a vet before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in anaesthesia studies at the University of Queensland on an Australian-European Awards Program. That was followed by a PhD on pathology on a University of Queensland scholarship.

I was then fortunate enough to receive an Invitation Fellowship to work for two years on human liver and pancreatic cancer genomics at the National Cancer Center in Tokyo. After that I joined Aristotle University as a lecturer, then Assistant Professor of veterinary pathology for several years.

I have authored or co-authored over 50 journal articles and I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, a leading journal in my field.

Research and Teaching Activities and Interests

Research activities

My main research interests and activities lie in the diagnostic investigation and study of the pathogenesis of livestock and wildlife diseases, and in tumour pathology. Some of the projects I am currently working on include studies on photosensitisation, grass seed contamination, and plant toxicities of livestock, and on respiratory diseases of small ruminants.

Teaching activities

I teach pathology related subjects (the study of the mechanisms and manifestations of disease as seen grossly, histologically, and at the molecular level), mainly to veterinary science, but also to animal science, equine science and veterinary technology students. I coordinate the final year veterinary diagnostic services rotation, and provide diagnostic service at CSU for both teaching and commercial purposes.

Professional Links

  • Australian Society for Veterinary Pathologists (1999-present)
  • American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)(2013-4)
  • European Society for Veterinary Pathology (2005-2012)

A typical day for me includes...

For most of the year, a typical day includes teaching the students in a clinical or lab setting, performing necropsies with or without the students, examining histopathology slides from the same cases under the microscope, and fitting in as much of the rest as possible.

My main project at the moment is...

A project on photosensitisation in livestock, a common but under studied condition in Australian livestock in which panicum species are often implicated.Panos Loukopoulos with students

My favourite part of my job is...

Definitely teaching and interacting with our students. I am proud of our students’ attitude, enthusiasm and approach to learning. It is rewarding to see the students develop and fine tune their diagnostic skills and approach to a disease investigation, and be more competent vets as a result.

Diagnosing animal diseases is rarely boring, given the variety of conditions and species we are exposed to in practice.  Investigating the underlying mechanisms that lead to these diseases, as part of my research, is another rewarding part of my job.

When I am not in the office I like...

To spend time with my wife and my daughter playing backyard volleyball or reading stories, and with Charlotte and Blue, our two puppies that have followed our globetrotting moves (and, as I like to say, have even been to Vegas!)

When I am driving I like to listen to...

Triple J, driving to work; listening to an audiobook on politics or literature, or something in the vein of Chet Faker or the John Butler Trio for longer drives.