My research focus is on understanding the incidence, aetiology and pathogenesis of hepatogenous photosensitisation in domestic livestock caused by compound/s found in Panicum spp.. How these compounds exert their effects in the liver of animals grazing Panicum spp. will be examined by using metabolomic analysis and other modalities. In addition, lesions obtained from other photosensitisation outbreaks, with alternative underlying aetiology, will be compared and markers of metabolic changes will be analysed. Together these studies may determine the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying clinical photosensitisation in domestic livestock.
Primary Supervisor - Associate Professor Jane Quinn Co Supervisors Prof Lesley Weston, Dr Xiaocheng Zhu and Dr Panayiotis (Panos) Loukopoulos