Centre for Biosecurity in Tropical Infectious Diseases
James Cook University
Alex Loukas completed his PhD in 1995 under the supervision of Paul Prociv and Joan Opdebeeck at the University of Queensland. His thesis topic was the development of a diagnostic immunoassay for human enteric infections with canine hookworms. His love of worms continued into his first postdoc at The University of Edinburgh with Rick Maizels which dealt with the proteomic characterisation and functional analyses of the major excretory/secretory (ES) proteins of the round worm Toxocara canis.
Vaccines for human helminth infections, and (2) novel anti-inflammatories for treating a range of autoimmune and allergic disorders of humans.