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

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 https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2018.01330

Tiwari H, Vanak A, O’Dea M, Robertson I. 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 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0207025

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 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.01207

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 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2018.00104

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-https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-018-0200-3

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