Associate Professor David Piedrafita

Associate Professor David Piedrafita

About:
David embarked on a PhD in immunoparasitology within the Department of Primary Industries in Victoria, after winning a competitive National Industry Scholarship. In 1996, he was awarded a Welcome Trust Fellowship and worked on DNA vaccines at Glasgow University in Scotland for three years with Professor FY Liew. David returned to Australia in 1999 to study Helminth vaccines and biology and in 2001 set up his own group working on Fasciola (liver fluke) at Melbourne University. From 2006-2014, he relocated his group to the Biotechnology Research Laboratories at Monash University and in 2014 joined Federation University Australia, where he continues to work on national and international research programs (including Thailand, Indonesia, Africa and Spain) and heads the immunoparasitology unit. He routinely hosts scientists and graduate students from overseas countries and supervises several PhD students. He has been vice president and president of the Australian Society for Parasitology (2005-2007). In 2006, after successfully securing a bid to host the International Congress for Parasitology, he was appointed Co-chair of the congress along with Professor Alan Cowman (WEHI). The congress which was held in Melbourne (ICOPAXII) in 2010 hosted over 1,700 delegates from around the world. David continues to be actively involved in promoting parasitology to the general public through various educational activities and programs including as a Club Melbourne Ambassador.

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