BSc, MSc, PhD, GCULT, GCULM
With qualifications and expertise in veterinary and medical parasitology, Shokoofeh is an international expert in parasite taxonomy, especially those parasites that cause diseases in humans and animals. She couples conventional morphological techniques with modern molecular technologies to diagnose infections and identify parasite species. Shokoofeh discovered several new pathogenic species and strains causing emerging diseases in humans and animals in Australia and worldwide. This led to her receiving a highly competitive award from the Australian Academy of Science in 2011 for international travel and receiving the Recognition Medal of Global Biodiversity Meeting on Parasites and Aquatic Ecosystem Health by University of Allahabad, India for sustained academic efforts and contributions to advanced research. She is regularly invited to national and international conferences as a key note speaker, for example to ICOPA (2018). She has also been appointed to the editorial board of the World Register for Marine Species (WoRMS), ‘International Journal of Food Microbiology’ and ‘International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health’ and is the Section editor of ‘Parasitology Research’. Shokoofeh is executive member of the Australian Society for Parasitology, and also Japan Society for Parasitology, Alumni Association in Australia.
Shokoofeh has taught and coordinated across several undergraduate and postgraduate subjects in internal and distance modes. Subjects she has contributed to include:
In addition, she regularly contributes to graduate training programs for laboratory diagnosticians, veterinarians, medical doctors and health practitioners.
Invited Speaker. Annual Scientific Meeting for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, Pathology Update 2019, 22-24 February, Melbourne, Australia.
Keynote speaker. 14th International Congress of Parasitology. 19-24th August 2018. Daegu, South Korea.
Invited Speaker. Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science, First Symposium of Japan Society for Promotion of Science, Alumni Association in Australia, 9-10 October, 2017, Canberra.
Invited speaker: Annual Meeting of the Australian Society for Parasitology (26-29 Jun 2017), Leura, Blue Mountain
Invited speaker at Westmead Hospital’s Hospital Week (17 August 2017), Sydney
Invited speaker, Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (March 2017), Leura, Blue Mountain
Is seafood safe? Sponsored by Australian National Nuclear Research and Development Organisation (ANSTO) and Science for Public Program. September (2012).
What are parasites? Museum of Riverina, October (2010).
Parasites and their impact in human life, Museum of Riverina, September (2010).
A review of Australian freshwater fish parasites. Annual Meeting of the Australian Society for Parasitolog. 30 June- 3 July (2014). Canberra, Australia
Dangerous, dead or alive: A revision of the taxonomy and biology of anisakid nematodes. Systematics without Borders, 1-6 December (2013). Sydney, Australia
Description and taxonomy of three new species of Acanthocephala in Australia. 24th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology. 25-29 August, (2013) Perth, Australia
A Terranova story. Annual Meeting of the Australian Society for Parasitolog. 2-5 July (2012). Launceston, Australia
Infection with anisakid nematodes in Australian marine fish: knowledge, gaps and importance of future work. First Australasian Scientific Conference on Aquatic Animal Health. 5-8 July, (2011). Cairns, Australia
Infection with anisakids nematodes in Australian marine fish: is there a problem? 12th International Congress for Parasitology. 15-20 August, (2010). Melbourne, Australia
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Examples of research outputs in the Media