Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics
James Cook University
Alex Loukas completed my PhD in 1995 under the supervision of Paul Prociv and Joan Opdebeeck at the University of Queensland. My thesis topic was the development of a diagnostic immunoassay for human enteric infections with canine hookworms. My love of worms continued into my 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. He returned to Australia in 1999 on an NHMRC Howard Florey fellowship at QIMR in Brisbane, returning to hookworms but also expanding into schistosomiasis.
vaccines for human helminth infections, and novel anti-inflammatories for treating a range of autoimmune and allergic disorders of humans.