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Hayley Toet Research Fellow, Animal Plant & Soil Sciences

Hayley Toet obtained her Bachelor degree in Animal Science with Honours at La Trobe Universityin 2006. Her Honours thesis was entitled 'A coprological survey of gastrointestinal parasites in selected animals at Singapore Zoological Gardens'. She was awarded a Ph.D., also at La Trobe University, in 2012 for her research on 'The roles of auto-antigens in the pathogenesis of scabies in pigs'.

Hayley is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Spithill Laboratory, Department of Agricultural Sciences and AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience. She has lectured for the Department in Animal Health since 2010 and currently co-ordinates the Animal Health practical classes.

Hayley's current research focuses on the liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica. Current work involves characterising exposed surface molecules of the parasite using both genomic and proteomic techniques. The long term goal of this research is the development of protective vaccine/s based on recombinant forms of the identified molecules. This research may provide important knowledge of the parasite's biology with practical applications in animal production.

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