David Piedrafita works as an Associate Professor and Group Leader (parasite immunobiology). Dr. Piedrafita embarked on a Ph.D. degree in immunoparasitology in the Department of Primary Industries in Victoria, BC, Canada, after winning a competitive National Industry Scholarship. In 1996, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship and worked on DNA vaccines at Glasgow University, Glasgow, UK, for 3 years. Piedrafita returned to Australia in 1999 to study helminth vaccines and biology and in 2001 set up his own group working on Fasciola (liver fluke). In 2006, he relocated his group to the Biotechnology Research Laboratories at Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, where he continues to work on national and international research programs (including Thailand, Indonesia, Africa, and Spain) and heads the Parasitology Unit. He routinely hosts scientists and graduate students from overseas countries and supervises several Ph.D. students. Piedrafita is actively involved in promoting parasitology to the general public through educational activities and has served as the Vice-President and President of the Australian Society for Parasitology (2005–2007) and was the Deputy Chair of the 2010 International Congress for Parasitology held in Melbourne (ICOPAXII). His research interests include parasite immunology, research in vaccine development and performance, and genetic control of disease resistance.
Biography Updated on 29 September 2013