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Distinguished Professor Alex Loukas

Retired Fellow

  • Bio/Profile
  • Loukas obtained a BSc Hons in 1990 and a PhD in 1995 from University of Queensland in the field of immunoparasitology. He then conducted postdoctoral work at University of Edinburgh with Rick Maizels and an assistant professorship at George Washington University in the US to work with Peter Hotez and the Human Hookworm Vaccine Initiative. In 2004 he returned to Australia as an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at Queensland Institute of Medical Research where he established the Helminth Biology laboratory. In 2010 he moved to James Cook University in Cairns, QLD as a Tropical Research Leader, where he established the Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics (now Centre for Molecular Therapeutics). He has held consistent NHMRC funding in the form of fellowships (currently senior principal research fellow), program grants, project grants and development grants, as well as regular funding from the US National Insitutes of Health and various pharmaceutical companies, including Merck, AbbVie and Johnson & Johnson. He is lead founder of Paragen Bio, a spin-out company developing worm-derived proteins as anti-inflammatory therapeutics. H-index = 86.