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)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 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 25+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Severine Navarro from 2006 onwards.


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  • Nutritional Modification of Gestational Neurodevelopmental Programming: The Impact on Offspring Mental Health Related Behaviours in a Translational Mouse Model (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Identification and influence of intestinal parasites in the gut microbiome of mothers and infants from Papua New Guinea. (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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