About

Dr. Sandip Kamath is a Research Fellow at the Molecular Allergy Research Laboratory in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University, Townsville. He is part of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine based at James Cook University and the Centre for Food and Allergy Research (CFAR) based at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne.

Dr. Kamath graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mumbai, India and moved to Australia in 2006 to undertake postgraduate studies at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. After a one year stint as a Research Assistant at Monash University and The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, he moved to James Cook University, Townsville, Australia where he completed his Doctoral degree under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Lopata. His Doctoral thesis focused on the identification and characterisation of major shellfish allergens for development of novel allergy diagnostics. In 2015, Dr. Kamath undertook the position of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine.

Dr Kamath's research focuses on the characterisation of allergenic proteins from different food and inhalant sources and their interaction with the human immune system through IgE antibodies. His research implements state-of-the-art proteomic and molecular cloning techniques to elucidate specific antigenic regions of allergenic proteins, with an aim to design and generate hypoallergenic constructs for potential therapeutic applications. His broader research interests include paediatric food allergy diagnostics, occupational allergy and development of novel immunotherapeutics for food allergy

Teaching
  • BC2024: Cell Biology (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC2001: Molecular Basis of Therapeutics 2 (Level 2; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Science Communication
Research
  • Allergy Diagnostics
  • Immunotherapy
  • Proteomics
Experience
  • 2015 to 2016 - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2015 - PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2009 to 2010 - Research Assistant, Monash University and The Alfred Hospital (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2006 to 2008 - Masters in Biotechnology, RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2015 - Australian Winner of the FameLab International-Talking Science Award
  • 2015 - Rising Stars of Queensland Science
  • 2012 - Winner of the 3MT Thesis Competition, James Cook University
Memberships
  • 2013 - Centre for Food and Allergy Research (CFAR)
  • 2012 - Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI)
  • 2012 - European Associaton of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI)
  • 2011 - Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • 2008 - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
Publications

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Current Funding

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NHMRC - Early Career Fellowship - Peter Doherty Biomedical Fellowship

Hypoallergenic proteins as novel immunotherapeutic candidates for food allergy

Indicative Funding
$318,768 over 4 years
Summary
This research will analyse the potential of hypoallergenic derivatives of two major food allergens as novel immunotherapeutic candidates. The outcomes of this project will directly address an issue of significant importance to human health, and open key avenues for research and development of advanced immunotherapeutics for paediatric food allergy.
Investigators
Sandip Kamath (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Keywords
Immunotherapy; Paediatrics; Black Tiger Prawn; Penaeus monodon; Food Allergy; Proteomics

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

Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia - Research Grant

Predicting food allergy through early diagnosis of molecular cross-reactivity in house dust mite sensitised children

Indicative Funding
$7,760
Summary
House dust mite allergy is highly prevalent worldwide, with over 20% of the general population being affected. Of this affected population, 5% are vulnerable to sensitisation to cross-reactive allergens in consumed shellfish, which can develop into a life-long food allergy. This may lead to the unexpected event of life-threatening anaphylactic reactions in dust mite allergic children upon exposure to shellfish. Current diagnostic methods such as skin prick tests and in vitro specific IgE tests are not accurate in the identification of allergen-specific IgE cross-reactivity, which would provide an early indication of cross-sensitisation. The outcomes of the proposed research will aid in developing novel in vitro IgE diagnostic approaches, allowing for the differential quantification of specific IgE to cross-reactive pan-allergens found in house dust mites and consumed shellfish species. The significance of this research is in the development of a predictive model, enabling the early detection of risks factors for developing food allergy to shellfish in dust mite allergic children, thereby leading to the improved management of this severe clinical condition.
Investigators
Sandip Kamath and K Allen in collaboration with Andreas Lopata (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute)
Keywords
Shellfish Allergy; Allergy Diagnostics; Food Allergy; House dust mite allergy; Paediatric food allergy; Tropical Health

North Queensland Childrens Research Foundation - Research Grant

Tackling long-term food allergy among children to recurrent tropical allergens

Indicative Funding
$21,775
Summary
The aim of this research is to study the reactivity of allergens found in commonly consumed tropical foods by Australian children, for the development of improved allergy point-of-care diagnostic platforms for paediatric allergy in the tropics.
Investigators
Sandip Kamath in collaboration with Andreas Lopata (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Food Allergy; Children; tropical allergens
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Current
  • 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 , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development of a Mouse Model to Evaluate the Degree of Immunological Crossreactivity Between Prawns and Abalone (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Novel Biopharmaceuticals for Food Allergy (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Bio Molecular Studies on Allergenic Proteins Causing Fish Allergy in Australian Children for Improved Diagnosis (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Biochemical and Immunological Characterisation of the Major Allergens in Australian Molluscs (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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