About

Prof Andreas Lopata leads the Molecular Immunology Research Group in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Division of Tropical health and Medicine, James Cook University, where he leads the Molecular Immunology Program in the Centre for Biodiscovery & Molecular Development of Therapeutics. Prof Lopata graduated in biological sciences from the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf , Germany, and undertook postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where he compled his doctorate and worked in the Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine. His research focused on the molecular characterisation of allergens and their impact on our immune system. In 2006, he moved to Australia, where he works now as a researcher at the JCU.

Prof Lopata’s research team uses cutting-edge approaches in characterising the interactions of immunogenic proteins from different food sources including marine invertebrates and parasites with the human immune system leading to allergic and inflammatory reactions.  He has published over 120 journal articles and presented at over 200 national and international conferences [H-index=30]. The outcomes of his research activities translate into the development of novel diagnostics and platform knowledge for immunotherapeutics. He consults to various organisations including the National Measurement Institute, the National Institute of Occupational Health and the International Union of Immunological Societies sub-committe on allergen nomenclature.

Teaching
  • BC3102: Molecular Basis of Disease (Level 3; TSV)
  • BC3202: Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Level 3; TSV)
  • BC5102: Advanced Molecular Basis of Disease (Level 5; TSV)
  • BC5202: Advanced Laboratory Practice in Molecular and Cell Biology (Level 5; TSV)
  • BC5312: Research and Dissertation in Molecular and Cell Biology (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Molecular Medicine; Occupational Medicine; Nanomedicine
Research
  • Molecular Allergology; Occupational Allergy; Diagnostics; Tropical Health; Immunotherapeutics
Teaching
  • Molecular Immunology; Biochemistry; Professional Doctorate
Experience
  • 2016 to present - Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2007 to present - Ajunct Member, Infectious Diseases and Development of Molecular Medicine (South Africa)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Associate Dean of Research, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2013 to 2015 - Honours program coordinator, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 to 2015 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Academic Advisor-Molecular Sciences, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 - Associate Dean of Research, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2009 to 2010 - Associate Professor, RMIT University (Melbourne)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Senior Lecturer, RMIT University (Melbourne)
  • 2004 to 2006 - Head of Department of Immunology, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • 2002 to 2006 - Senior Lecturer, Department of Immunology; University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • 1992 to 2002 - Natural Medical Scientist, National Health Laboratory Services (South Africa)
  • 1991 to 1992 - Research Fellow, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2012 - Winner of UniQuest Trailblazer-James Cook University
  • 2011 - Winner of UniQuest Trailblazer-James Cook University
Fellowships
  • 2012 to 2016 - ARC Future Fellow
Memberships
  • 2014 - Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Allergologie und Klinische Immunologie (DGAKI)
  • 2014 - Collegium Internationale Allergologicum (CIA)
  • 2009 - Australasian Society for Immunology
  • 2008 - Australasian Society for Parasitology (ASP)
  • 2008 - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
  • 2007 - European Associaton of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI)
Other
  • 2016 - Regional Associate Editor - Asia Pacific--World Allergy Association (WAO) Journal
  • 2016 - Reperio Innovation Competition-AITHM People’s Choice Award
  • 2015 - Associate Editor--Clinical & Experimental Allergy (Wiley)
  • 2014 - Associate Editor--Molecular Immunology (Elsevier)
  • 2014 - NATA assessor for laboratories in Australia quantifying allergens
  • 2011 - Adjunct Associate Professor of the School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • 2010 - Appointed External academic reprentative for the Major Course Review Panel of the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, Deakin University
  • 2010 - Adjunct Professor of the School of Publica Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2007 - Adjunct of the 'Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine', University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2006 - Appointed External Advisor to the National Institute of Occupational Health, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2009 to 2018 - Honorary Research Associate-Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health Research (CEOHR) and Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Cape Town
  • 2016 - Reperio Innovation Competition- AITHM People’s Choice Award
  • 2015 - Member of the 'National Allergy Strategy'-an initiative of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and Anaphylaxis and Allergy Australia
  • 2014 to 2015 - Elected member on the draft proposal on the 'National Allergy Strategy' for Australia
  • 2004 to 2005 - Scientific Evaluator for the European Framework Program FP6 and FP7 "Food Quality and Safety" and "Health", European Union
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 107+ research outputs authored by Prof Andreas Lopata from 1992 onwards.

Current Funding

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NHMRC - Project Grant

Bio-molecular studies for improved diagnosis and management of Australian children with fish allergy

Indicative Funding
$476,794 over 4 years
Summary
Allergy to fish among children is emerging as a significant healthcare issue in Australia and worldwide, with prevalence rates among childen with food allergy as high as 16% in Australia. Our strong clinical-laboratory interface, bringing together a highly experienced senior team in the areas of molecular and immunological allergen characterization with leading clinicians in paediatric allergy, will significantly improve the management of fish-allergic children in Australia.
Investigators
Andreas Lopata, Dianne Campbell, Norelle Daly and Katrina Allen (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and Royal Childrens Hospital)
Keywords
Paediatric; allergy testing; clinical diagnosis; Proteomics; allergen

QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Women's Academic Fund

The Development of Procedures for Quantifying Prawn Allergens

Indicative Funding
$21,000
Summary
There is an increasing prevalence of food allergies world-wide with shellfish being one of the main food groups that provoke serious IgE-mediated adverse reactions. Shellfish allergy affects up to 2% of the world population, with higher prevalence seen in areas with high seafood consumption. Because of the high incidence of allergic reactions to prawns, the study focuses on this highly consumed shellfish species. The major allergenic proteins from prawns will be purified and monoclonal antibodies will be developed against them. These antibodies will be used to establish a sensitive and reproducible ELISA based quantification method for the prawn allergens.
Investigators
Elecia Johnston, Andreas Lopata and Sonia Iyer (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Allergy; Food allergy; IgE antibody; Immunotherapy; Recombinant protein; Vaccine

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Improved allergy diagnostics for adults and children in Far North Queensland with shellfish allergy

Indicative Funding
$3,000
Summary
Food allergy to shellfish is a growing health concern. Diagnostic tests used to confirm the allergy are based on a few European species, and do not represent the food sources in Australia. The aim of this research is to establish novel allergy tests for improved diagnosis of shellfish allergy.
Investigators
Sandip Kamath, Andreas Lopata, Robyn O'Hehir and K Allen (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Monash University and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute)
Keywords
Food Allergy; Diagnostics; Children; Shellfish; In vitro testing; ImmunoCAP

Australian Research Council - Linkage - Projects

Deciphering the molecular and environmental determinants of sex-change in barramundi

Indicative Funding
$523,092 over 4 years, in partnership with Mainstream Aquaculture ($244,740 over 3 yrs)
Summary
Barramundi breeding programs to boost productivity and international competitiveness are hindered by a lack of reproductive control. Barramundi change sex from male to emale at 3-5 years of age, requiring hatcheries to maintain male broodstock for several years before they can be bred as females. This increases required infrastructure and decreases the rate of genetic improvement that can be achieved. This project will elucidate genetic mechanisms regulating barramundi sex change and will develop approaches allowing hatcheries to efficiently control broodstock sex. The ability to obtain reproductive control
Investigators
Dean Jerry, Kyall Zenger and Andreas Lopata in collaboration with Paul Harrison (College of Science & Engineering, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Mainstream Aquaculture Pty Ltd)
Keywords
Aquaculture; sex development; Barramundi

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Future Fellowships

Adverse reactions to seafood: Molecular and immunological approaches in managing an Australasian epidemic

Indicative Funding
$667,878 over 5 years
Summary
Over 4 million Australians suffer from allergies with a financial burden in excess of $7 billion. Seafood is an increasingly important food allergy worldwide and is typically life-long, affecting about 5% of children and 2% of adults in Australia. This research will characterise allergenic proteins from crustacean and molluscs, leading to the design of recombinant proteins. Allergenicity of modified food allergens through heating will be studied using state-of-the-art in-vivo and in-vitro systems. This fellowship will considerably advance our knowledge on the influence of structure and chemical modifications on the immunoreactivity of seafood allergen, thus providing platform knowledge for better diagnostics and future therapeutics.
Investigators
Andreas Lopata (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Allergy; Allergens; diagnostics
Supervision

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Novel Biopharmaceuticals for Food Allergy (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development of a Mouse Model to Evaluate the Degree of Immunological Crossreactivity Between Prawns and Abalone (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Biochemical and Immunological Characterisation of the Major Allergens in Australian Molluscs (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Investigation of Proteins to be used as Biological Markers in the Identification of Australian Fish Species. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Identification and Molecular Characterization of Food Allergens in Aquatic Products from Vietnam (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Bio Molecular Studies on Allergenic Proteins Causing Fish Allergy in Australian Children for Improved Diagnosis (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Biomarker and Therapeutic Target Discovery in patients with Hyper lgE Conditions (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Immunological and Moleculear Differences Between Parvalbumin, The Major Fish Allergen, From Bony and Cartilaginous Fish Species (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • A Food Allergen Survey of an Indigenous Australian Community with Production of a Model and Tools for Communicating Food Allergen tests in Public Health Settings (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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