Dr Severine Navarro has been appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, in the laboratory of Professor Alex Loukas. The focus of her research project is the development of hookworm protein-based therapeutics for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases such as allergic asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases and Celiac disease.  She has obtained her PhD with high honors in 2011 at the Universite de Nice-Sophia-Antipolis, France where she used different approaches to induce and recruit regulatory T cells to the airways and suppress allergic inflammation.

Prior to her PhD, she obtained a Master's degree in Developmental Biology, Genetics and Immunology from the Universite de Nice-Sophia-Antipolis, France and based her thesis on the visualisation in vivo of peptide/MHC II complexes at the surface of antigen presenting cells. She obtained before that a bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology and a second one in General Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology, USA.

  • Chronic inflammatory diseases
  • Allergic asthma
  • Development of novel therapeutics
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Coeliac disease
  • Microbiota
  • Mucosal Immunology
  • 2017 to present - Children's Hospital Foundation Fellow, AITHM, James Cook University (Cairns, QLD, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2016 - Research Fellow, CBMDT, AITHM, James Cook University (Cairns, QLD, Australia)
  • 2009 to 2010 - University Lecturer, Skema Business School (Sophia-Antipolis, France)
  • 2006 to 2010 - PhD Immunology, Institut de Pharmacologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire, Universite de Nice Sophia Antipolis (Nice, France)
  • 2006 to 2009 - University Lecturer, Universite de Nice-Sophia-Antipolis (Nice, France)
  • 2005 to 2006 - Master's Immunity, Genetics and Developmental Biology, Institut de Pharmacologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire, Universite de Nice-Sophia-Antipolis (Nice, France)
  • 2003 to 2005 - Research Assistant / Lab Manager, Center for Environmental Health Sciences, University of Montana (Missoula, MT, USA)
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  • 2012 - Australian Society of Parasitology Research and Scientific Exchange award
  • 2012 - Uniquest Trailblazer – highly commended award
  • 1999 to 2002 - Florida Institute of Technology Scholar merit award
  • 2006 to 2010 - National doctoral fellowship award, top ten best student merit fellowships

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 22+ research outputs authored by Dr Severine Navarro from 2006 onwards.

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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Influence of maternal pathogen infections in the composition of the infant gut microbiome and immune health

Indicative Funding
The aim of this project is to understand how pathogen infections modify maternal microbiome and shape bacterial colonization in children. The influence of the microbiome on immune system maturation in infants directly impacts on pathogen susceptibility and persistence.
Severine Navarro, Paul Horwood and Andrew Greenhill (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and Federation University)
Microbiome; Infant; Breastmilk; Pathogens; Hookworm; Health

Childrens Hospital Foundation - Fellowship

Preclinical development of a hookworm recombinant protein for the prevention and the treatment of allergic asthma

Indicative Funding
Western lifestyle and loss of parasitic infections have greatly contributed to the rise of allergic diseases worldwide. This proposal investigates the hypothesis that allergy might be prevented by promoting tolerance with a hookworm recombinant protein administered via breastmilk modifying microbial composition in neonates. This work has the potential to slow down the prevalence of allergies and significantly decrease the overall disease burden.
Severine Navarro in collaboration with Alex Loukas, John Upham and Chris Perry (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, The University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital)
Asthma; Children; Prevention; Hookworm; Protein; Allergy

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