Amanda Barbosa  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.
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Dr. Amanda Barbosa
BVetMed, MSc, PhD

Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

About me

I am a Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and part-time Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine at Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil, 2009), and a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health at the same institution (2011). In 2013, I joined the Vector and Water-borne Pathogens Research Group at Murdoch University to conduct my PhD research on the prevalence, genetic diversity and potential clinical impact of haemoprotozoan parasites on Australian native mammals. 

My main area of expertise is in the molecular diagnosis and epidemiology of vector-borne pathogens at the animal-human-ecosystem interface. My current research aims to investigate the aetiology of debilitating symptom complexes attributed to ticks (DSCATT) in people in Australia. Other research interests include: phylogeny and evolution of protozoan parasites, clinical impact of infectious diseases on wildlife health, development of cutting-edge diagnostic technologies and strategies for prevention and control of neglected parasitic infections within a One Health framework.

Teaching area

  • Mammalian Biochemistry
  • Principles of Infectious Disease I – Veterinary Microbiology
  • Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology

 

Research areas

My specific research areas include:

  • Molecular and morphological characterization of protozoan pathogens in Australian wildlife and their ticks
  • Clinical impact of vector-borne infections on Australian wildlife
  • Molecular characterization and taxonomy of piroplasms
  • Transmission dynamics of tick-borne pathogens

Current projects

  • 2018-present: “Tiresome ticks: Ecology and transmission of tick-borne disease in Australia” (Linkage project LP160100200)
  • 2013-2018: Prevalence, genetic diversity and potential clinical impact of blood-borne and enteric protozoan pathogens in Australian native mammals

Awards and grants

  • 2019 Odile Bain Memorial Prize
  • Regional finalist in the Fresh Science National Competition (media training and science outreach), Australia (2018). Profile available at: freshscience.org.au
  • PhD sponsorship from the Ministry of Education of Brazil (2014-2018).
  • Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) Student Travel Grant to present at the ASP National Conference and speak at the ASP Annual General Meeting 2017, Leura, NSW, Australia (2017).
  • ASP Student Travel Grant to chair a session and present at the XIX International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria, Brisbane, Qld, Australia (2016).
  • ASP Student Travel Grant to present at the New Zealand Society for Parasitology and ASP Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (2015).
  • Successful in a Nacional Exam (ranked 3rd out of 320 candidates) for the position Public Health Analyst, department of Epidemiology, Public Health and Zoonosis Control (position offered by the Council of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil). 2012.
  • Academic Relevance Award. XVII UFMG (UFMG) Undergraduate Research Week (2008).
  • Barbosa A, Silva JA, Magalhaes DF, Moreira EC, Menezes FL, Ribeiro LML. Acquisition of information about visceral leishmaniasis by students from public schools in Caete, Minas Gerais, after educative intervention.
  • Academic Relevance Award. XVII UFMG Undergraduate Research Week (2008).
  • Oliveira CSF, Moreira EC, Barbosa A, Menezes FL, Silva JA, Borges LFNM. The chiropteran rabies in Minas Gerais, Brazil, from 2003 to 2007.
  • Undergraduate Research Scholarship from FAPEMIG to conduct research during my undergraduate course (2005-2008).
  • Successful in the National Admission Exam (ranked 16th out of 840 candidates) to study Veterinary Medicine at UFMG, Brazil – UFMG is a public National University (no tuition fees charged) ranked 7/50 on Latin America University Rankings, Times Higher Education. 2004. It has also one of the most competitive admission processes in Brazil.

Events and speaking engagements

  • Plenary speaker at the Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2018. Presentation title: Diversity, taxonomy and potential pathogenicity of haemoprotozoan parasites in Australian native mammals.
  • Conference chair at Combined Biological Sciences Meeting (CBSM) 2018, Perth, Australia.  Session: “One Health”.
  • Conference chair at International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria 2016, Brisbane, Australia.  Session: “Trypanosoma Transmission and Epidemiology”.
  • 26th International 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 (3 oral presentations).     
  • West Coast Microbiome Network Symposium‏, University of Western Australia, Perth, 2016.
  • 64th Wildlife Disease Association International Conference, Sunshine Coast, 2015 (Poster presentation)
  • New Zealand Society for Parasitology and ASP Annual Conference, Auckland, NZ, 2015 (Oral presentation)
  • I Veterinary Epidemiology National Meeting, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2012 (Poster presentation)                 
  • VII Canine Visceral Leishmaniasis International Symposium, Brazil, 2010 (Poster presentation)           
  • I Veterinary Public Health International Meeting/III Veterinary Public Health National Congress, Brazil, 2009 (Poster presentation)
  • IX South American Conference of Veterinary Medicine, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2009 (Poster presentation)                  
  • VIII South American Conference of Veterinary Medicine, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2008 (Poster presentation)                

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Honours students

  • Aimee Carpenter. Thesis title: “Prevalence and characterisation of trypanosomes and piroplasms in wild and captive marsupials from South Australia”, 2019.
  • Wenna Lee. Thesis title: “Investigation of the tick endosymbiont “Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii” in Australian wildlife”,2019.
  • Jake Day. Thesis title: “An audit of molecular assays to screen piroplasms in Australian ticks”, 2018.
  • Sarah Munns, Honours student. School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Australia. Thesis Title: “Prevalence and diversity of blood-borne parasites and ticks from Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii)”, 2018.

Summer scholarship students

  • Sarah Latham. Project: “Molecular characterisation of vector-borne and enteric parasites in marsupials from northern Australia”.

Publications

Chapters

  • Barbosa A, Irwin P, Ryan U. 2017. Haemoprotozoan parasites. In: Medicine of Australian Mammals-Current Therapy. (Eds L Vogelnest and T Portas.) CSIRO Publishing, pp. 43-56. 

Journals

  • Barbosa A, Gofton A, Paparini A, Codello A, Greay T, Gillett A, Warren K, Irwin P, Ryan U. 2017. Increased genetic diversity and prevalence of co-infection with Trypanosoma spp. in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) and their ticks identified using Next-generation sequencing (NGS). PLoS One, 12(7), e0181279.  
  • Barbosa A, Reiss A, Jackson B, Warren K, Paparini A, Gillespie G, Stokeld D, Irwin P, Ryan U. 2017. Prevalence, genetic diversity and potential clinical impact of blood-borne and enteric protozoan parasites in native mammals from northern Australia. Veterinary Parasitology, v.238, p.94-105. 
  • Barbosa A, Mackie J, Stenner R, Gillett A, Irwin P, Ryan U. 2016. Trypanosoma teixeirae: A new species belonging to the T. cruzi clade causing trypanosomosis in an Australian little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus). Veterinary Parasitology, v.223, p.214-221.  
  • Barbosa A, Austen J, Gillett A, Warren K, Paparini A, Irwin P, Ryan U. 2016. First report of Trypanosoma vegrandis in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Parasitology International, v.65, n.4, p.316-318. 
  • Barbosa A, Magalhaes DF , Silva JA, Cardoso MFEC, Meneses JNC, Cunha MCM, HAddad JPA, Nicolino RR. Spatial distribution of scorpion sting accidents in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, 2005 to 2009. 2013. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, v.66, n.3, p.721-730. 
  • Barbosa A , Magalhaes DF, Silva JA, Silva MX , Cardoso MFEC, Meneses JNC, Cunha MC. 2012. Epidemiological study of scorpion stings in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, 2005-2009. Reports in Public Health, v.28, n.9, p.1785-1789. 
  • Barbosa A, Martins NRS, Magalhaes DF. 2011. Zoonosis and public health: risks of human proximity to wildlife. Veterinary Science in the Tropics, v. 14, p. 1-9. 
  • Barbosa A, Silva JA, Moreira EC, Meneses JNC, Magalhães DF, Menezes FL, Oliveira CSF 2008. Spatial and temporal distribution of canine and feline rabies in Minas Gerais, Brazil, from 2000 to 2006. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, v.60, p.837 – 842. 
  • Greay TL, Barbosa, A, Rees RL, Paparini A, Ryan U, Oskam, CL, Irwin, PJ. An Australian dog diagnosed with an exotic tick-borne infection: should Australia still be considered free from Hepatozoon canis? International Journal for Parasitology, v. 48, n.11, p. 805-815. 
  • Gofton AG, Loh SM, Barbosa A, Paparini A, Gillett A, Macgregor J, Oskam CL, Ryan U, Irwin P. 2017. A novel Ehrlichia species in blood and Ixodes ornithorhynchi ticks from platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) in Queensland and Tasmania, Australia. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, v.9, n.2, p.435-442. 
  • Kelly E, Barbosa A, Gibson-Kueh S, Lymbery AJ. Haematozoa of wild catfishes in northern Australia. 2017. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, v. 7, p. 12-17.
  • Mackie J, Stenner R, Gillett A, Barbosa A, Ryan U, Irwin P. 2017. Trypanosomiasis in an Australian little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus). Australian Veterinary Journal, v.95, n.7, p.259-261. 
  • Leite RS, Alves N, Barbosa A, Ferreira AL, Andrade ASR. Evaluation of conjunctival swab as a mass-screening tool for molecular diagnosis of canine visceral leishmaniasis. 2015. Parasitology Research, v. 1, p. 0932-0113. 
  • Menezes FL, Silva JA, Moreira EC, Meneses JNC, Magalhães DF, Barbosa A, Oliveira CSF. 2008. Spatial and temporal distribution of bovine rabies in Minas Gerais, Brazil, from 1998 to 2006. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, v.60, p.566 – 573.