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    Dr Alireza Zahedi
    DVM, MVS, PhD

    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

    About me

    I am a highly motivated and innovative molecular parasitologist with a multidisciplinary background.

    I obtained my DVM from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Urimia University, Iran. After four years in general veterinary practice, I commenced a MVS in Conservation Medicine at Murdoch University, Australia, where my passion for parasitology was ignited.

    In 2014, I was fortunate to join the Vector and Waterborne Pathogens Research Group (CrypTick Lab) at Murdoch University to undertake my PhD under the supervision of Professor Una Ryan.  My PhD program was a part of an ARC Linkage project (LP130100035) entitled “Innovative approaches to understanding and limiting the public health risks of Cryptosporidiumand Giardiain animals in Australian drinking water catchments” which incorporated an interdisciplinary approach on the application of novel platform technologies (droplet digital PCR – ddPCR) and next generation sequencing (NGS) to detect, quantitate and characterise waterborne enteric parasites in >6,000 samples from animals (cattle, sheep, rabbit and kangaroo), humans and wastewater.

    The research conducted during my postgraduate programs has definitely provided me with a very solid grounding in a range of fundamental areas, including molecular biology, parasite epidemiology and transmission dynamics, ecology, genetics, and genomics.

    Currently, I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow atthe College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education, Murdoch University, working on an ARC project Linkage project (LP170100096) entitled “Development and validation of rapid detection and viability assays for Cryptosporidium, Norovirus, and Adenovirus and using a novel gut-on-chip”. The project is led by Professor Una Ryan and is in collaboration with Dr Mark O’Dea from Murdoch University, Professor Benjamin Thierry from the University of South Australia, Associate Professor Jillian Carr at Flinders University, Dr Paul Monis and Dr Brendon King from South Australian Water, Dr. Andrew Ball from Water NSW, Dr. Duncan Middleton from Seqwater in Queensland and Dr Nicholas Crosbie from Melbourne Water.

    Teaching area

    BMS316 Parasitology: People, Pets and Wildlife

    VET278 Principles of Infectious Disease II – Veterinary Parasitology

    VET272 Comparative Mammalian Biochemistry

    Research areas

    Molecular epidemiology/taxonomy of waterborne pathogens

    Modelling and quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) of waterborne pathogens

    Epidemiology and transmission dynamics of enteric parasites in particular protozoan pathogens

    Molecular epidemiology and control of parasitic infections of significance to public health and wildlife conservation

    Current projects

    2019-present: Development and validation of rapid detection and viability assays for Cryptosporidium, Norovirus, and Adenovirus and using a novel gut-on-chip (ARC LP170100096)

    2014-present:Innovative approaches to understanding and limiting the public health risks of Cryptosporidiumand Giardia in animals in Australian drinking water catchments (ARC LP130100035)

    2018-present: Understanding wastewater treatment technologies for alternative water use: transformation of inorganic and organic nitrogen (ARC LP130100602)

    2018-present: The development of a water-borne pathogen sequence database for improved next-generation sequencing taxonomic assignment

    2018-present:Elucidating the role of dam water in livestock disease transmission

    Awards and grants

    2018 – School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Small Grant Scheme 2018, CIs: Serina Hancock, Alireza Zahedi, and Caroline Jacobson; $6250

    2018 – Pawsey 2018 Summer Intern Program, CIs: Alireza Zahedi, Telleasha Greay, Alexander Gofton, Una Ryan.

    2017 – Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) Conference Travel Award

    2016 – Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) Conference Travel Award

    2015 – Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) Conference Travel Award

    2014 – Murdoch Strategic Partnership Scholarship (MSPS)

    Events and speaking engagements

    Plenary speaker at Global Microbiome 2018 Symposium. Presentation title: Profiling the diversity of Cryptosporidium species and genotypes in wastewater treatment plants in Australia using next generation sequencing.

    26thInternational Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of     Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2017 (Oral presentation)

    Science on the Swan Conference: One Health. Fremantle, Western Australia, 2017.

    Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) Annual Conference, Leura, Australia, 2017 (Oral presentation)

    International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria, Brisbane, Australia, 2016 (2 oral presentations).

    New Zealand Society for Parasitology and ASP Annual Conference, Auckland, NZ, 2015 (Oral presentation)

    25thInternational Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP). Liverpool UK. 2015 (Oral presentation)

    Professional and community service

    2018-present: The State Representative (Western Australia) for the Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) and member of ASP Council

    2018: Selected researcher (Beta tester) to test “ResearchGate” iOS application by ResearchGate GmbH

    2017-present: Reviewer for peer-review journals including Parasites & Vectors, Veterinary Parasitology, Infection, Genetics and Evolution, Experimental Parasitology

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    PhD:

    Samantha Gunasekera. Thesis title: “Development and validation of rapid detection and viability assays for Cryptosporidium, Norovirus, and Adenovirus using a novel gut-on-a-chip”, 2022.

    Ionut Daniel Caraene. Thesis title: ”Biodegradation of micropollutants in waste stabilization ponds”, 2020. (Curtin University)

    Kamil Braima. Thesis title: “Risk management of waterborne pathogens in public swimming pools and splash parks”, 2019.

    Honours:

    Samuel Bolland. Thesis title: “Describing New Species of Cryptosporidium in Fish”,  2019.

    Victoria Rawlings. Thesis title: “Role of dam water as a source of Cryptosporidium and Giardia infection in lambs”, 2018

    Publications

    Journals

    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Ryan, U., (2020), Cryptosporidium An update with an emphasis on foodborne and waterborne transmission, Research in Veterinary Science, 132, , .
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Ryan, U., Rawlings, V., Greay, T., Hancock, S., Bruce, M., Jacobson, C., (2020), Cryptosporidium and Giardia in dam water on sheep farms An important source of transmission?, Veterinary Parasitology, 288, , .
    • Gunasekera, S., Zahedi Abdi, A., O'Dea, M., King, B., Monis, P., Thierry, B., Carr, J., Ryan, U., (2020), Organoids and Bioengineered Intestinal Models:Potential Solutions to the Cryptosporidium CulturingDilemma, Microorganisms, 8, , .
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Ryan, U., (2019), Molecular typing of Giardia duodenalis in cattle, sheep and goats in an arid area of central Iran, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 75, Nov 2019, pages 104021 -.
    • Braima, K., Zahedi Abdi, A., Oskam, C., Reid, S., Pingault, N., Xiao, L., Ryan, U., (2019), Retrospective analysis of Cryptosporidium species in Western Australian human populations (2015-2018), and emergence of the C. hominis IfA12G1R5 subtype., Infection Genetics and Evolution, 73, Sept 2019, pages 306 - 313.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Greay, T., Paparini, A., Linge, K., Joll, C., Ryan, U., (2019), Identification of eukaryotic microorganisms with 18S rRNA next-generation sequencing in wastewater treatment plants, with a more targeted NGS approach required for Cryptosporidium detection, Water Research, 158, July 2019, pages 301 - 312.
    • Ryan, U., Zahedi Abdi, A., (2019), Molecular epidemiology of giardiasis from a veterinary perspective., Advances in Parasitology, 106, , pages 209 - 254.
    • Greay, T., Gofton, A., Zahedi Abdi, A., Paparini, A., Linge, K., Joll, C., Ryan, U., (2019), Evaluation of 16S next-generation sequencing of hypervariable region 4 in wastewater samples: An unsuitable approach for bacterial enteric pathogen identification, Science of the Total Environment, 670, , pages 1111 - 1124.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Lee, G., Greay, T., Walsh, A., Blignaut, D., Ryan, U., (2018), First report of Cryptosporidium parvum in a dromedary camel calf from Western Australia, Acta Parasitologica, 63, 2, pages 422 - 427.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Gofton, A., Greay, T., Monis, P., Oskam, C., Ball, A., Bath, A., Watkinson, A., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., (2018), Profiling the diversity of Cryptosporidium species and genotypes in wastewater treatment plants in Australia using next generation sequencing, Science of the Total Environment, 644, , pages 635 - 648.
    • Greay, T., Zahedi Abdi, A., Krige, A., Owens, J., Rees, R., Ryan, U., Oskam, C., Irwin, P., (2018), Endemic, exotic and novel apicomplexan parasites detected during a national study of ticks from companion animals in Australia, Parasites & Vectors, 11, 197, pages -.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Monis, P., Gofton, A., Oskam, C., Ball, A., Bath, A., Bartkow, M., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., (2018), Cryptosporidium species and subtypes in animals inhabiting drinking water catchments in three states across Australia, Water Research, 134, 1, pages 327 - 340.
    • Greay, T., Zahedi Abdi, A., Krige, A., Owens, J., Rees, R., Ryan, U., Oskam, C., Irwin, P., (2018), Endemic, exotic and novel apicomplexan parasites detected during a national study of ticks from companion animals in Australia, Parasites & Vectors, 11, 1, pages 197 -.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Durmic, Z., Gofton, A., Kueh, S., Austen, J., Lawson, M., Callahan, L., Jardine, J., Ryan, U., (2017), Cryptosporidium homai n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Cryptosporidiiae) from the guinea pig (Cavia porcellus), Veterinary Parasitology, 245, 2017, pages 92 - 101.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Field, D., Ryan, U., (2017), Molecular typing of Giardia duodenalis in humans inQueensland first report of Assemblage E, Parasitology (Cambridge), 114, 9, pages 1154 - 1161.
    • Hijjawi, N., Zahedi Abdi, A., Kazaleh, M., Ryan, U., (2017), Prevalence of Cryptosporidium species and subtypes in paediatric oncology and non-oncology patients with diarrhoea in Jordan, Infection Genetics and Evolution, 55, , pages 127 - 130.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Gofton, A., Jian, F., Paparini, A., Oskam, C., Ball, A., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., (2017), Next Generation Sequencing uncovers within-host differences in the genetic diversity of Cryptosporidium gp60 subtypes, International Journal for Parasitology, 47, 10-11, pages 601 - 607.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Monis, P., Aucote, S., King, B., Paparini, A., Jian, F., Yang, R., Oskam, C., Ball, A., Robertson, I., (2016), Zoonotic Cryptosporidium species in animals inhabiting sydney water catchments, PLoS One, 11, 12, pages 0 - 0.
    • Ryan, U., Zahedi Abdi, A., Paparini, A., (2016), Cryptosporidium in humans and animalsa one health approach to prophylaxis, Parasite Immunology, 38, 9, pages 535 - 547.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Phasey, J., Boland, T., Ryan, U., (2016), First report of Cryptosporidium species in farmed and wild buffalo from the Northern Territory, Australia, Parasitology Research, 115, 3, pages 1349 - 1353.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Paparini, A., Jian, F., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., (2016), PUBLIC HEALTH SIGNIFICANCE OF ZOONOTIC CRYPTOSPORIDIUM SPECIES IN WILDLIFE CRITICAL INSIGHTS INTO BETTER DRINKING WATER MANAGEMENT, International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 5, 1, pages 88 - 109.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Paparini, A., Jian, F., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., (2016), Public health significance of zoonotic Cryptosporidium species in wildlife: Critical insights into better drinking water management, International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 5, 1, pages 88 - 109.

    Conference

    • Jacobson, C., Zahedi Abdi, A., Hancock, S., Ryan, U., (2019),Protozoan infections in sheep and goats,In: Australian Veterinary Association LtdAnnual Conference.

    Conferences:

    Zahedi, A., Odgers, T., Ball, A., Watkinson,A., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., 2019.Longitudinal analysis of Giardia duodenalisin animals inhabiting drinking water catchments in two states across Australia. Australian Society for Parasitology Annual Conference. July 8th- 11th, p28.

    Zahedi, A., Monis, P., Gofton, A., Oskam, C., Ball, A., Bath, A., Bartkow, M., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., 2019. Long-term monitoring of Cryptosporidiumin animals inhabiting drinking water catchments in three states across Australia. 7thInternational Giardiaand CryptosporidiumConference. Rouen, France. June 23rd- 26th, p158.

    Zahedi, A., Gofton, A., Greay, T., Monis, P., Oskam, C., Ball, A., Bath, A., Watkinson, A., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., 2019. Profiling the diversity of Cryptosporidium species and genotypes in wastewater treatment plants in Australia using next generation sequencing. 7thInternational Giardiaand CryptosporidiumConference. Rouen, France. June 23rd- 26th, p126.

    Zahedi, A., Braima, K., Ng-Hublin, J., Pingault, N, Coombs, B., Ryan, U., 2019. Shifts in genetic diversity of Cryptosporidiumspecies in WA patients over the last decade: Three major outbreaks, three different stories. School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UWA Infectious Diseases Breakfast Meetings 2019. Perth, Australia. March 14th(Invited Speaker)

    Zahedi, A., Gofton, A., Greay, T., Monis, P., Oskam, C., Ball, A., Bath, A., Watkinson, A., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., 2018. Metagenomic analysis of Cryptosporidiumspecies and genotypes in wastewater treatment plants. 14thInternational congress of Parasitology, Daegu,South Korea. August 19th-24th.

    Zahedi, A., Gofton, A., Greay, T., Monis, P., Oskam, C., Ball, A., Bath, A., Watkinson, A., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., 2018. Profiling the diversity of Cryptosporidium species and genotypes in wastewater treatment plants in Australia using next generation sequencing. Global Microbiome 2018 Symposium. August 17th. (Invited Speaker)

    Zahedi,A., Gofton, A., Jian, F., Paparini, A., Oskam, C., Ball, A., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., 2017.Next Generation Sequencing uncovers within host genetic diversity of Cryptosporidiumgp60subtypes. Australian Society for Parasitology Annual Conference, Blue Mountains, Australia. 26th-29thJune, p41.

    Palermo, C., Paparini, A., Lymbery, A., Kueh, S.,Zahedi, A., Al Habsi, K., Codello, A., Ryan, U., 2017. A novel Cryptosporidiumspecies in goldfish (Carassius auratus).27thAnnual Combined Biological Sciences Meeting. Perth, Australia. August 25th, p65.

    Greay, T.L., Zahedi, A., Krige, A.S., Owens, J.M., Paparini, A., Gofton, A.W., Rees, R.L., Ryan, U.M., Oskam, C.L., Irwin P.J., 2017. Insights into the microbiome of ticksfrom Australian companion animals.One Health9th Tick and Tick-borne Pathogen Conference and 1stAsia Pacific Rickettsia Conference. Cairns, Australia. August 27th-1stSeptember, p54.

    Zahedi,A., Paparini, A., Watkinson, A., Oskam, C., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., 2016. Molecular characterization of species and genotypes of Cryptosporidiumin animals inhabiting 3 main water catchments (Lake Baroon, Logan River, North-Pine River) in South-East Queensland (QLD). International Congress of Tropical Medicine and Malaria, Brisbane, Australia. Australia. September 18th -22nd, p178.

    Zahedi,A., Phasey, J., Boland, T., Ryan, U., 2016. First report of Cryptosporidiumspecies in farmed and wild buffalo from the Northern Territory, Australia.International Congress of Tropical Medicine and Malaria, Brisbane, Australia. Australia. September 18th -22nd, p74.

    Abraham, R.J., Abraham, S., Zahedi, A., Ryan, U., Page, S.W., Trott, D., O’Handley, R., 2016. Cross-species transmission of Giardia duodenalis. International Congress of Tropical Medicine and Malaria, Brisbane, Australia. Australia. September 18th-22nd.

    Zahedi,A., Paparini, A., Jian, F., King, B., Monis, P., Ball, A., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., 2015. Identification of Cryptosporidium hominisin Eastern Grey Kangaroo populations in Sydney catchments. World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP). Liverpool UK. August 16th-20th, p69.

    Zahedi,A., Paparini, A., Jian, F., King, B., Monis, P., Ball, A., Robertson, I., Ryan, U., 2015.Prevalence and molecular characterization of Cryptosporidiumspecies in animals inhabiting Sydney water catchments. Australian Society for Parasitology Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. June 29th-July 2nd, p44.