BSc BVMS (Hons) PhD
Rebecca is a Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Melbourne. She graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 1997 and worked in small animal practice in Perth till 2002. In 2000 she commenced her PhD on canine gastrointestinal parasitic zoonoses in tea-growing communities in Assam, India for which she was awarded the John Frederick Adrian Sprent Prize by the Australian Society for Parasitologists Inc.
In 2004, Rebecca was the recipient of a 3 year ARC Industry Postdoctoral Fellowship which allowed her to extend her research on canine parasitic zoonoses to Thailand.
In 2006 Rebecca gained employment at the School of Veterinary Science, UQ and widened her research interests into the development and application of molecular epidemiological and diagnostic tools to unravel public health risks posed by a range of direct, food-borne and vector-borne parasites and parasitic zoonoses.
Rebecca has published over 130 peer reviewed papers, cited over 5,300 times (h index 41) and invited book chapters on the epidemiology, zoonotic potential and geographical distribution of parasites of veterinary and public health importance in Asia and Australia. She has supervised fifteen research higher degree students to completion. Her research expertise been formally recognized through consultations for the Gates Foundation, World Health Organization, Food and Agricultural Organisation, the Veterinary Pharmaceutical Industry, and not-for-profit organisations.
Rebecca is the Founding Director of the Tropical Council for Companion Animal Parasites (TroCCAP), a non-for-profit organisation whose mission is to independently inform, guide and make best-practice recommendations to veterinarians and allied health professionals for the diagnosis, treatment and control of companion animal parasites in the tropics and sub-tropics, with the aim of protecting animal and human health.