Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi

Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi

BSc Animal Science MSc Medical Parasitology PhD Veterinary Parasitolog

Shokoofeh is an international expert in parasite taxonomy, especially aquatic parasites that cause significant 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 has been invited to several national and international conferences as a key note speaker. She has also been appointed to the editorial board of the World Register for Marine Species (WoRMS). She reviews for 15 international journals in the field of veterinary Parasitology and food safety.

After graduating in Animal Science, Shokoofeh started her research career in 1993 as a Research Fellow in Iranian Fisheries Research Institute (IFRO) working on freshwater fish parasites. She then ranked first in the 1997 national entry exam and completed a Master degree in Medical Parasitology working on the evaluation of rK39 antigen for diagnosis of visceral leishmaniosis. In 2002, she received scholarships from the Australian government and University of Melbourne (IPRS and MIRS) to undertake a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology working on morphological and genetic characterisation of ascaridoid nematodes. After completion of her PhD, she worked as the Director and Senior Research Fellow in the Departments of Marine and Freshwater Health and Diseases, IFRO in Iran leading several national and international research projects. She returned to Australia in 2009 to undertake a Post Doctoral Fellowship with Allergy Group at RMIT University, Melbourne. She has been employed at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (SAVS), since January 2010.

Shokoofeh is a member of CSU Academic Senate and SAVS Research Committee. She is also Animal Science Honours Coordinator. In addition she holds an adjunct position as University Associate, in School of Physical Sciences-Mathematics and Physics, University of Tasmania.


Australian Society of Parasitology

Society of Australian Systematic Biologists

Systematics Association

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Research Interests

  • Cophylogeny among parasites and their hosts
  • Parasite taxonomy and systematics
  • Transmission patterns and ecology of parasites
  • Seafood safety
  • Climate change and its impact on our aquatic systems
  • Health of Murray Darling Basin
  • Food safety and one health approach

Current Research Projects

  • Biosecurity and foodsafety
  • Knowledge gap about seafood safety among stakeholders
  • Distribution and characterisation of pentastomes in Australia
  • Taxonomy and systematic of ascaridoid nematodes including anisakids
  • Impact of parasitism on the health, development and production of buffalo in Pakistan
  • Genetic characterisations of marine nematodes off New Caledonia

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Shokoofeh has taught and coordinated across several undergraduate and postgraduate subjects in internal and distance modes. Subjects she has contributed to include:

  • Parasitology
  • Introduction to Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Animal Health
  • Intensive Animal Production
  • Introduction to Animal Science
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Principles of Pathobiology
  • Zoology

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(selected since 2018)

Shamsi S (2019) Parasite loss or parasite gain? Story of Contracaecum nematodes in antipodean waters. Parasite Epidemiology and Control:e00087 doi:

Shamsi S (2019) Seafood-Borne Parasitic Diseases: A “One-Health” Approach Is Needed. Fishes 4(1):9

Shamsi S, Miles S, Tozer K, Raidal SR, Smales LR (2018) The first report of cerebral, pulmonary and gastrointestinal angiostrongyliasis in the water rat Hydromys chrysogaster from Queensland, Australia. Journal of Helminthology:1-3 doi:10.1017/S0022149X18000779

Shamsi S, Chen Y, Poupa A, Ghadam M, Justine J-L (2018) Occurrence of anisakid parasites in marine fishes and whales off New Caledonia. Parasitol Res:3195-3204 doi:10.1007/s00436-018-6018-0

Ghadam, M., Banaii, M., Mohammed, E. T., Suthar, J., Shamsi, S., 2018. Morphological and molecular characterization of selected species of Hysterothylacium (Nematoda: Raphidascarididae) from marine fish in Iraqi waters. Journal of Helminthology. 92(1): 116-124.

Habibi F, Shamsi S (2018) Preliminary report of occurrence of Corynosoma spp. (Acanthocephala: Polymorphidae) in Southern Caspian sprat (Clupeonella grimmi). Parasitol Res doi:10.1007/s00436-018-6012-6.

Christos D Arvanitidis, Shamsi, S.,et al. (2018) Research Infrastructures offer capacity to address scientific questions never attempted before: Are all taxa equal? PeerJ Preprints https://doiorg/107287/peerjpreprints26819v2

Naghipoor, M., Javadi, S., Tavassoli, M., Shamsi, S., 2018. Serological study of Dirofilaria immitis in urban dogs of Urmia using modified knot and rapid antigen tests. Journal of Zoonotic Diseases3, 42-47.

Shamsi, S., Stoddart, A., Warner, L., Wassens, S. 2018. Occurrence of Contracaecum bancrofti larvae in fish in the Murray Darling Basin. Journal of Helminthology.

Aghlmandi, F., Habibi, F., Afraii, M., Abdoli, A., Shamsi, S., 2018. Infection with metacercaria of Clinostomum complanatum (Trematoda: Clinostomidae) in freshwater fishes from Southern Caspian Sea Basin. Revue Méd. Vét., 169, 7-9, 147-151.

Shamsi, S., Loukopoulos, P., McSpadden, K., Baker, S., Jenkins, D., 2018. Preliminary report of histopathology associated with infection with tongue worms in Australian dogs and cattle. Parasitology international. 67 (5): 597-600.

Roca-Geronès, X., Montoliu, I., Godínez-González, C., Fisa, R., Shamsi, S. 2018. Morphological and genetic characterisation of Hysterothylacium Ward & Magath, 1917 (Nematoda: Raphidascarididae) larvae in horse mackerel, blue whiting and anchovy from Spanish Atlantic and Mediterranean waters. Journal of Fish Diseases. Accepted 16-4-18

Shamsi, S., Steller, E., Chen, Y., 2018. New and known zoonotic nematode larvae within selected fish species from Queensland waters in Australia. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 272, 73-82.

Sutherland, M., Shamsi, S., Phalen, D., Macwhirter, P.J., 2018. Eustrongylides Induced Verminous Coelomitis in an Australian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae). Eolophus. Accepted March 2018

Shamsi, S., Sheorey, H., 2018. Seafood-borne parasitic diseases in Australia: are they rare or underdiagnosed? Internal Journal Medicine. Accepted March 2018.

Smales, L. R., Adlard, R. D., Elliot, A., Kelly, E., Lymbery, A. J., Miller, T. L., Shamsi, S. (2018) A review of the Acanthocephala parasitising freshwater fishes in Australia. Parasitology, 145: 249-259. doi: 10.1017/S0031182017001627

Shamsi, S. 2018. Morphometric and molecular descriptions of three new species of Hysterothylacium (Nematoda: Raphidascarididae) from Australian marine fish. Journal of Helminthology. 91, 613-624.

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Selected Invited Speaker

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

Selected Public Lectures

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).

Selected Conference Presentations

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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Current Research Students

Thomas Williams, PhD candidate (Supervisors: Shokoofeh Shamsi and David Jenkins)

Kate McSpadden, Animal Science Honours (Supervisors: Shokoofeh Shamsi and David Jenkins)

Sara Baker, Animal Science Honours (Supervisors: Shokoofeh Shamsi and David Jenkins)

Jaydip Suthar, Master of Animal Science (Supervisor: Shokoofeh Shamsi)

Anita Poupa, Animal Science Honours (Supervisors: Shokoofeh Shamsi and Jean-Lou Justin)

Brenton Kilby, Animal Science Honours (Supervisors: Shokoofeh Shamsi and Matt McLellan)

Alice Bunyan, Master of Animal Science, (Supervisors: Rob Woodgate, Shokoofeh Shamsi, Peter Hunt, Bruce Alworth)

Mehrasa Rezaii, Master of Veterinary Medicine (Supervisors: Mousa Tavassoli, Shokoofeh Shamsi)

Past Students

Alexandra Swan, Veterinary Science Honours (Supervisors: Joanne Connolly, Rob Woodgate, Shokoofeh Shamsi)

Alex Kannegieter, Veterinary Science Honours (Supervisors: Rob Woodgate, Shokoofeh Shamsi, Kris Hughes)

Anna Turner, Animal Science Honours (Supervisors: Shokoofeh Shamsi, Skye Wassens)

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