Jan Slapeta
MVDr PhD GradCertEd (Higher Ed)
Jan Slapeta, Professor of Veterinary and Molecular Parasitology, Sydney School of Veterinary Science is parasitologist who has mastered biology, identity, diversity and other unexpected traits of parasites of both medical and veterinary importance, as well as the free-living counterparts. He was educated in the Czech Republic. He completed 3 postdocs – NIH in New York, CNRS in Paris, and at UTS in Sydney before accepting an academic position at the University of Sydney in 2007. He combines state-of-the-art molecular applications with a deep historical knowledge of parasitology, to redefine existing parasitic species, to describe new parasitic species, and to understand their origin. More recently he focuses on recognizing a role of parasites on host through their role in microbiome community within a host or vector to achieve understanding of host–parasite relationships. His diagnostic techniques and biodiversity studies have received worldwide acceptance. He has a particular interest in applications of molecular biology towards elucidating the unique properties of parasites of medical and veterinary importance. Jan is keen educator and aims to exploit available technologies. He championed Virtual Microscopy at the University of Sydney and oversees the Professionally Focused Projects in DVM that are managed by ScholarOne management solution.