Rebecca Traub Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne and the Founding Director for the Tropical Council for Companion Animal Parasites (TroCCAP). She received her veterinary degree and PhD from Murdoch University, Western Australia.
Rebecca’s research covers the field of veterinary public health, with a focus on the diagnosis, epidemiology and control of neglected tropical diseases including human soil transmitted helminth infections and canine parasitic and rickettsial zoonoses, in the Asia Pacific. An important feature of her research has involved the development and application of multiplex real-time molecular-assays that allow specific detection and quantification of parasite stages directly from clinical samples collected in remote field settings. These techniques have allowed novel discoveries on the distribution, epidemiology, biology and zoonotic potential of several parasites in the Asia Pacific region that have important implications on their veterinary and public health impacts and strategies for control.