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    Dr Mark O'Dea
    B.Sc., B.V.M.S. (Hons), PhD

    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Virology

    Teaching area

    I coordinate the VET314 and VET211 units for second and third year students and teach the virology components of these units.


    Research areas

    Research interests include:

    Australian bat lyssavirus – particularly the presence of it in WA

    Respiratory viral diseases of reptiles in relation to shingleback lizards

    Viral diseases of swine

    Use of next generation sequencing to detect and characterise viral pathogens


    Publications: original scientific

    Veltman T, Jordan D, McDevitt C, Bell A, Howden B, Valcanis M, O’Dea M, Abraham S, Scott P, Kovac J, Chia R, Combs B, Chousalkar K, Wilson T, Trott D. 2021. Absence of high priority critically important antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella sp. isolated from Australian commercial egg layer environments. International Journal of Food Microbiology. In press, corrected proof.

    Harb A, Abraham S, O’Dea M, Hantosh H, Jordan D, Habib I. 2020. Socio-demographic determinants of health-care seeking options and alternative management practices of childhood diarrheal illness: A household survey among mothers in Iraq. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Accepted for publication 13 Oct 2020

    Austen J, Van Kampen E, Egan S, O’Dea M, Jackson B, Ryan U, Irwin P, Prada D. (2020). First report of Trypanosoma dionisii (Trypanosomatidae) identified in Australia. Parasitology. 2020 Sep 28;1-9. doi: 10.1017/S0031182020001845.

    O’Dea M, Abraham R, Sahibzada S, Lee T, Jordan D, Laird T, Pang S, Buller N, Stegger M, Coombs G, Trott D, Abraham S. 2020. Antimicrobial resistance and genomic insights into bovine mastitis-associated Staphylococcus aureus in Australia. Veterinary Microbiology. 250 (2020) 108850

    Mukerji S, Gunasekera S, Dunlop J, Stegger M, Jordan D, Laird T, Abraham R, Barton M, O’Dea M*, Abraham S*. 2020. Implications of foraging and interspecies interactions on carriage of Escherichia coli resistant to critically important antimicrobials in birds. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Oct 2020, 86 (20) e01610-20; DOI: 10.1128/AEM.01610-20

    Kidsley A, White R, Beatson S, Saputra S, Schembri M, Gordon D, Johnson J, O’Dea M, Mollinger J, Abraham S, Trott D. 2020. Companion Animals are Spillover Hosts of the Multidrug-Resistant Human Extraintestinal Escherichia coli Pandemic Clones ST131 and ST1193. Frontiers in Microbiology.  02 September 2020

    Kidsley A, O’Dea M, Saputra S, Jordan D, Johnson J, Gordon D, Turni C, Djordjevic S, Abraham S, Trott D. 2020. Genomic Analysis of Phylogenetic Group B2 Extraintestinal Pathogenic E. coli Causing Infections in Dogs in Australia. Veterinary Microbiology. 248 (2020) 108783

    Gunasekera S, Zahedi 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 Culturing Dilemma. Microorganisms. 2020, 8, 715; doi:10.3390/microorganisms8050715

    Segura M, Aragon V, Brockmeier S, Gebhart G, De Greef A, Kerdsin A, O’Dea M, Okura M, Salery M, Schultz C, Valentin-Weigand P, Weinert L, Wells J, Gottschalk M. 2020. Update on Streptococcus suis research and prevention in the era of antimicrobial restriction: 4th International Workshop on S. suis. Pathogens. 2020, 9, 374; doi:10.3390/pathogens9050374

    Sahibzada S, Pang S, Hernandez-Jover M, Jordan D, Abraham S, O’Dea M, Heller J. (2020). Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of MRSA across different pig age-groups in an intensive pig production system in Australia. Zoonoses and Public Health. 2020;00:1–11.

    Kidsley A, O’Dea M, Ebrahimie E, Mohommadi M, Saputra S, Jordan D, Johnson J, Gordon D, Turni C, Djordjevic S, Abraham S, Trott D. 2020. Genomic Analysis of Fluoroquinolone-Susceptible Phylogenetic Group B2 Extraintestinal Pathogenic Escherichia coli Causing Infections in Cats. Veterinary Microbiology. 245 (2020) 108685.

    Abraham S, Sahibzada S, Hewson K, Laird T, Abraham R, Pavic A, Truswell A, Lee T, O’Dea M*, Jordan D*. 2020. Emergence of fluoroquinolone resistant Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli among Australian chickens in the absence of fluoroquinolone use. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 86:e02765-19.

    Walker B, Armson A, O’Dea M, White J, Lind C, Woodland P. 2020. Are viruses associated with disc herniation? A clinical case series. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.  21: 27 (2020)

    Prada D, Boyd V, Baker M, O’Dea M*, Jackson B*. 2019. Viral diversity of microbats within the South West Botanical Province of Western Australia. Viruses. 2019, 11, 1157; doi:10.3390/v11121157

    Tiwari H, Robertson I, O’Dea M, Vanak A. 2019.Demographic characteristics of free-roaming dogs (FRD) in rural and urban India following a photographic sight-resight survey. Scientific Reports. 2019 9:16562

    Abraham S*, O’Dea M*, Sahibzada S, Hewson K, Pavic A, Veltman T, Abraham R, Harris T, Trott D, Jordan D. 2019. Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. isolated from Australian meat chickens remain susceptible to critically important antimicrobial agents. PLoS One. 2019 Oct 23;14(10):e0224281. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0224281. eCollection 2019.

    Tiwari H, Bruce M, O’Dea M, Robertson I. 2019. Utilising group-size and home-range characteristics of free-roaming dogs (FRD) to guide mass vaccination campaigns against rabies in India. Vaccines. 2019, 7, 136; doi:10.3390/vaccines7040136

    Sterndale S, Miller D, Mansfield J, Kim J, O’Dea M, Pluske J. 2019. Novel delivery methods for an enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli infection model in MUC4-locus sequenced weaner pigs. Journal of Animal Science. 23 September 2019

    Murphy RJ, Ramsay JP, Lee YT, Pang S, O’Dea MA, Pearson JC, Axon JE, Raby E, Abdulgader SM, Whitelaw A, Coombs GW. 2019. Multiple introductions of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST612 into Western Australia associated with both human and equine reservoirs. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. 2019 Aug 31. pii: S0924-8579(19)30240-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2019.08.022.

    Sodagari H, Mohammed A, Wang P, O’Dea M, Abraham S, Robertson I, Habib I. 2019. Non-typhoidal Salmonella contamination in egg shells and contents from retail in Western Australia: Serovar diversity, multilocus sequence types, and phenotypic and genomic characterizations of antimicrobial resistance. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 308 (2019) 1083052

    Smith D, Barr I, Levy A, Loh R, Tempone S, O’Dea M, Watson J, Wong F, Effler P. 2019. Respiratory illness in a piggery associated with the first identified outbreak of influenza in Australian swine: assessing the risk to human health and zoonotic potential. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease. 2019, 4, 96; doi:10.3390/tropicalmed4020096

    Badger S, Caraguel C, Trott D, Jordan D, Norris J, Worthing K, O’Dea M, Abraham R, Abraham S, Saputra S. 2019. Diagnostic accuracy of phenotypic assays for determining antimicrobial resistance status in Staphylococcus pseudintermedius isolates from canine clinical cases. Veterinary Microbiology. 234, July 2019, 101-109.

    Sterndale S, Evans D, Mansfield J, Clarke J, Sahibzada S, Abraham S, O’Dea M, Miller D, Kim J, Pluske J. 2019. Effect of mucin 4 allele susceptibility to experimental infection with enterotoxigentic F4 Escherichia coli in pigs fed experimental diets. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology. (2019) 10:56

    Tiwari H, Robertson I, O’Dea M, Gogoi-Tiwari J, Panvalkar P, Bajwa R, Vanak A. 2019. Validation of Application SuperDuplicates (AS) enumeration tool for free-roaming dogs (FRD) in urban settings of Panchkula Municipal Corporation in north India. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 06 June 2019

    O’Dea M, Sahibzada S, Jordan D, Laird T, Lee T, Hewson K, Pang S, Abraham R, Coombs G, Harris T, Pavic A, Abraham S. 2019. Genomic, antimicrobial resistance and public health insights into Enterococcus spp. from Australian chickens. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 57:e00319-19.

    Canibe N, O’Dea M, Abraham S. 2019. Potential relevance of pig gut content transplantation for production and research. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology. (2019) 10:55

    Mukerji S, Stegger M, Truswell A, Laird T, Jordan D, Abraham R, Harb A, Barton M, O’Dea M*, Abraham S*. 2019. Resistance to critically important antimicrobials in Australian seagulls (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) and evidence of anthropogenic origins. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 9/7/19

    Harb A, Abraham S, Rusdi B, Laird T, O’Dea M*, Habib I*. 2019. Molecular Detection and Epidemiological Features of Selected Bacterial, Viral and Parasitic Enteropathogens in Stool Specimens from Children with Acute Diarrhoea in Thi-Qar Governorate, Iraq. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019, 16, 1573; doi:10.3390/ijerph16091573

    Harb A, O’Dea M, Abraham S, Habib I. 2019. Childhood diarrhoea in the Eastern Mediterranean region with special emphasis on non-typhoidal Salmonella at the human-food interface. Pathogens. 2019, 8, 60; doi:10.3390/pathogens8020060

    Tiwari HK, Vanak AT, O’Dea M, Robertson ID. 2019. Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) towards rabies and Free Roaming Dogs (FRD) in Panchkula District of north India: A cross-sectional study of urban residents. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. April 29, 2019

    Prada D, Boyd V, BakerM, Jackson B*, O’Dea M*. 2019. Insights into Australian bat lyssavirus in insectivorous bats of Western Australia. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease. 2019, 4, 46; doi:10.3390/tropicalmed4010046

    Tiwari HK, Vanak AT, O’Dea M, Robertson ID. 2019. Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) towards rabies and Free Roaming Dogs (FRD) in Shirsuphal village in western India: A community based cross-sectional study. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. January 25, 2019

    Trend S, Chang BJ, O’Dea MA, Stick SM, Kicic A, WAERP, AusREC, AREST. 2018. Use of a primary epithelial cell screening tool to investigate phage therapy in cystic fibrosis. Frontiers in Pharmacology. 28 November 2018

    Tiwari H, Vanak A, O’Dea M, Robertson I. 2018. Knowledge, attitudes and practices towards dog-bite related rabies in para-medical staff at rural primary health centres in Baramati, western India. PLoS One. 16 Nov 2018

    O’Dea MA, Laird T, Abraham R, Jordan D, Lugsomya K, Fitt L, Gottschalk M, Truswell A, Abraham S. 2018. Examination of Australian Streptococcus suis isolates from clinically affected pigs in a global context and the genomic characterisation of ST1 as a predictor of virulence. Veterinary Microbiology. 226: 31-40 doi:10.1016/j.vetmic.2018.10.010

    Al-Habsi K, Jordan D, Harb A, Laird T, Yang R, O’Dea M, Jacobson C, Miller D, Ryan U, Abraham S. 2018. Salmonella enterica isolates from Western Australian rangeland goats remain susceptible to critically important antimicrobials. Scientific Reports. Oct 17;8(1):15326. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-33220-5.

    Harb A, Habib I, Mezal E, Kareem H, Laird T, O’Dea M*, Abraham S*. 2018. Occurrence, antimicrobial resistance and whole-genome sequencing analysis of Salmonella isolates from chicken carcasses imported into Iraq from four different countries. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 2018 Nov 2;284:84-90

    Murphy R, Lee Y, Pang S, Bastholm T, Crow J, Davis A, Coombs G, O’Dea M, Abraham S, Ramsay J. 2018. Complete genome sequence of a Staphylococcus aureus sequence-type 612 isolate from an Australian horse. Microbiology Resource Announcements. 7:e00869-18 doi: 10.1128/MRA.00869-18

    Wong F, Donato C, Deng Y, Teng D, Komadina N, Baas C, Modak J, O’Dea M, Smith D, Effler P, Cooke J, Davies K, Hurt A, Kung N, Levy A, Loh R, Shan S, Shinwari M, Stevens V, Taylor J, Williams D, Watson J, Eagles D, McCullough S, Barr I, Dhanasekaran V. 2018. Divergent human origin influenza viruses detected in Australian swine populations. Journal of Virology. Jun 6. pii: JVI.00316-18. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00316-18

    Rusdi B, Laird T, Abraham R, Ash A, Robertson I, Mukerji S, Coombs G, Abraham S* O’Dea M*. 2018. Carriage of critically important antimicrobial resistant bacteria and zoonotic parasites amongst camp dogs in remote Western Australian indigenous communities. Scientific Reports. 8:8725 doi:10.1038/s41598-018-26920-5

    Kidsley AK, Abraham S, Bell J, O’Dea M, Laird TJ, Jordan D, Mitchell P, McDevitt C, Trott DJ. 2018. Antimicrobial susceptibility of Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. isolates from healthy pigs in Australia: results of a pilot national survey. Frontiers in Microbiology. 09 July 2018 |

    Tiwari H, Vanak A, O’Dea M, Gogoi-Tiwari J, Robertson I. 2018. A comparative study of enumeration techniques for free-roaming dogs in rural Baramati, District Pune, India. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 23 May 2018 |

    Khazandi M, Al-Farha A, Coombs G, O’Dea M, Pang S, Trott D, Aviles R, Hemmatzedah F, Venter H, Ogunniyi A, Hoare A, Abraham S, Petrovski K. 2018. Genomic characterization of coagulase-negative staphylococci including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus sciuri causing bovine mastitis. Veterinary Microbiology. 219 (2018) 17-22

    Abraham S, Kirkwood R, Laird T, Saputra S, Mitchell T, Singh M, Linn B, Abraham R, Pang S, Gordon D, Trott D, O’Dea M. 2018. Dissemination and persistence of extended-spectrum cephalosporin-resistance encoding IncI1-blaCTXM-1 plasmid among Escherichia coli in pigs. The ISME Journal. Published online 13/6/18-

    Abraham RJ, O’Dea M, Rusdi B, Page SW, O’Handley R, Abraham S. 2018. Giardia duodenalis mouse model for the development of novel antigiardial agents. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 145:7-9. doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2017.11.025

    Harb A, O’Dea M, Hanan ZK, Abraham S, Habib I. 2017. Prevalence, risk factors and antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella diarrhoeal infection among children in Thi-Qar Governorate, Iraq. Epidemiology and Infection. Dec;145(16):3486-3496

    Bennett M*, Tu SL*, Upton C, McArtor C, Gillett A, Laird T, O’Dea M. 2017. Complete genomic characterisation of two novel poxviruses (WKPV and EKPV) from Western and Eastern grey kangaroos. Virus Research . 242: 106-121

    Abraham S, O’Dea M, Page S, Trott DJ. 2017. Current and future antimicrobial resistance issues for the Australian pig industry. Animal Production Science. 57:2398-2407

    Abraham S, Jagoe S, Pang S, Coombs GW, O’Dea M, Kelly J, Khazandi M, Petrovski KR, Trott DJ. 2017. Reverse zoonotic transmission of community-associated MRSA ST1-IV to a dairy cow. Int J Antimicrob Agents. Jul;50(1):125-126

    Mukerji S, O’Dea M, Barton M, Kirkwood R, Lee T, Abraham S. 2017. Development and transmission of antimicrobial resistance among Gram-negative bacteria in animals and their public health impact. Essays Biochem. 61: 23-35

    Wang Y, Barton M, Elliott L, Li X, Abraham S, O’Dea M, Munro J. 2017. Bacteriophage therapy for the control of Vibrio harveyi in greenlip abalone (Haliotis laevigata). Aquaculture.473: 251-258

    O’Dea MA, Jackson B, Jackson C, Xavier P, Warren K. 2016. Discovery and Partial Genomic Characterisation of a Novel Nidovirus Associated With Respiratory Disease in Wild Shingleback Lizards (Tiliqua rugosa). PLoS ONE 11(11): e0165209. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0165209

    Abraham S*, O’Dea M*, Trott D.J, Abraham R.J, Hughes D, Pang S, McKew G, Cheong E.Y.L, Merlino J, Saputra S, Malik R, Gottlieb T. 2016. Isolation and plasmid characterisation of carbapenemase (IMP-4) producing Salmonella enterica Typhymurium from cats. Scientific Reports Oct 21;6:35527. doi: 10.1038/srep35527.

    O’Dea M.A, Tu S.L, Pang S, De Ridder T, Jackson B, Upton C. 2016. Genomic characterisation of a novel poxvirus from a flying fox; evidence for a new genus? Journal of General Virology Jul 7. doi: 10.1099/jgv.0.000538.

    Besier, A.S., Mahony, T.J., Crockford, M., Gravel, J.L., Chapman, T.F., O’Dea, M.A. 2016. Alphaherpesvirus-associated disease in greater bilbies (Macrotis lagotis). Australian Veterinary Journal doi: 10.1111/avj.12447, published online 11 May 2016

    Austen, J. M., O’Dea, M., Jackson, B. & Ryan, U. 2015. High prevalence of Trypanosoma vegrandis in bats from Western Australia. Veterinary Parasitology 214, 342-7.

    Grillo, V. L., Arzey, K. E., Hansbro, P. M., Hurt, A. C., Warner, S., Bergfeld, J., Burgess, G. W., Cookson, B., Dickason, C. J., Ferenczi, M., Hollingsworth, T., Hoque, M. D. A., Jackson, R. B., Klaasen, M., Kirkland, P. D., Kung, N. Y., Lisovski, S., O’Dea, M. A., O’Riley, K., Roshier, D., Skerratt, L. F., Tracey, J. P., Wang, X., Woods, R. & Post, L. 2015. Avian influenza in Australia: a summary of 5 years of wild bird surveillance. Australian Veterinary Journal 93, 387-393.

    Poinern GE, Le XT, O’Dea M, Fawcett D. 2015. Biocompatibility of nanometre scale porous anodic aluminium oxide membranes towards the RK 13 epithelial cell line: A preliminary study. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences 3:1583-1588.

    Moore SJ, O’Dea MA, Perkins N, O’Hara AJ. 2015. Estimation of nasal shedding and seroprevalence of organisms known to be associated with bovine respiratory disease in Australian live export cattle. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 27:6-17.

    Poinern GE, Le XT, O’Dea M, Becker T, Fawcett D. 2014. Chemical synthesis, characterisation, and biocompatibility of nanometre scale porous anodic aluminium oxide membranes for use as a cell culture substrate for the vero cell line: a preliminary study. BioMed Research International 2014:238762.

    Poinern GE, Le XT, O’Dea M, Fawcett D. 2014. Can anodic aluminium oxide nanomembranes treated with nanometre scale hydroxyapatite be used as a cell culture substrate. International Journal of Materials Science and Applications 3:331-338.

    Pacioni C, Johansen CA, Mahony TJ, O’Dea MA, Robertson ID, Wayne AF, Ellis T. 2014. A virological investigation into declining woylie populations. Australian Journal of Zoology 61:446-453.

    Moore SJ, O’Dea MA, Perkins N, Barnes A, O’Hara AJ. 2014. Mortality of live export cattle on long-haul voyages: pathologic changes and pathogens. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation  26:252-265.

    Curran JM, Robertson ID, Ellis TM, Selleck PW, O’Dea MA. 2013. Variation in the responses of wild species of duck, gull, and wader to inoculation with a wild-bird-origin H6N2 low pathogenicity avian influenza virus. Avian Diseases 57:581-586.

    O’Dea, M.A., Kabay, M.J., Carr, J., Wilcox, G.E., Richards, R.B. 2011. Porcine circovirus-associated disease in weaner pigs in Western Australia. Australian Veterinary Journal 89(4) 122-30

    Shan S, Ellis T, Fenwick S, Edwards J, O’Dea M, Parkinson J. 2010. Biological and genetic characterization of a low-pathogenicity avian influenza H6N2 virus originating from a healthy Eurasian coot. Archives of Virology 155:403-409.

    O’Dea, M.A., Hughes, A.P., Davies, L.J., Muhling, J., Buddle, R., Wilcox G.E. 2008. Thermal stability of porcine circovirus type 2 in cell culture. Journal of Virological Methods 147(1) 61-6

    Publications: other scientific

    O’Dea MA., Habib I., Abraham S. Reverse zoonoses affecting pigs, and the risk to Australian pig production. A critical review to direct risk assessment and management recommendations. Australian Pork Ltd Research Project 2015/030. May 2016

    O’Dea MA. Porcine circovirus infection.  Australia and New Zealand Standard Diagnostic Procedure. July 2010

    O’Dea, MA.  Detection and pathogenesis of porcine circovirus type 2 in the Australian pig herd. PhD Thesis. Murdoch University 2008