Shokoofeh Shamsi

Veterinary Science

Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi


Professor in Veterinary Parasitology
Wagga Wagga
Building 288 Room 118

Prof. Shokoofeh Shamsi leads parasitology teaching and research team. She has qualifications in veterinary and medical sciences, and skills in conventional morphological and molecular parasite identification and diagnostic methods. She is a taxonomist with interest in identifying species, who goes beyond taxonomy to understand parasitism, parasites transmission through food webs, behavioural changes due to parasitic infections, food safety, biosecurity, and how parasites population changes in response to anthropological and environmental factors, in various ecosystems.

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

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

In addition, she regularly contributes to graduate training programs for laboratory diagnosticians, veterinarians, medical doctors and health practitioners.

Prof Shamsi leads and collaborates on a variety of research projects focussing on health, welfare, behaviour, biosecurity and biology of both wild and farmed, as well as a range of terrestrial and aquatic animals, food-borne parasites, and medical parasitology.

Recently her research focus has broadened to include the culture of indigenous Australians on the lessons in sustainability.

Examples of research achievements include:

  • Discovering 40 new parasite species;
  • Discovering, characterising and reporting, for the first time, invasive and introduced parasites in Australia;
  • Determining novel natural transmission patterns of parasites affecting critically endangered Australian species

Examples of current responsibilities include:

  • Editorial board of World Register of Marine Species; Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium
  • Senior editor, International Journal of Food Microbiology (published by Elsevier);
  • Senior editor, Parasitology Research; Current Clinical Microbiology Reports (published by SpringerNature);
  • Director, Food Safety Information Council;
  • Vice President, Japan Society for Promotion Science, Alumni association in Australia;
  • Co-Chair, Alien Species Committee, Australian Society for Fish Biology;
  • Member, Future of the Society, Australian Society for Fish Biology;