Mohammad Farouq Sharifpour

Mohammad Farouq Sharifpour

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences


Mohammad Farouq Sharifpour received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Urmia University, Iran in 2014. After graduation, he started to work as a veterinary practitioner for three years. Being offered the Adelaide Scholarships International from the University of Adelaide, SA, Australia in 2016, he travelled to Adelaide to commence his PhD project on transcription regulatory systems in the model Apicomplexan, Toxoplasma gondii, which is currently ongoing. During his PhD, he has also spent 7 months at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany, as well as four weeks at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research (WEHI), Melbourne, as a visiting researcher, working on finding new artificial transcription factor fusion proteins for Toxoplasma.”

I am working on a project that involves genetic engineering of notorious pathogens like the malaria agent. To date, no effective live vaccine has been introduced for any of these organisms to be used in humans. My PhD project aims to adapt a molecular system to Toxoplasma which helps scientists to take over the vitality of these organisms by addicting them to a small molecule. The ability to condition an organism to a small molecule would lead us to produces lines of modified pathogens that can be efficiently controlled, both in laboratory condition and in the animal model. My PhD results, which have now passed the proof of concept, could be a huge step forward towards developing efficient live attenuated vaccine for Malaria-like parasites.

  • Awarded with the School of Animal & Vet. Sciences (SAVS) Collaboration Grant; Round 1, 2020.
  • Won Hans-Jürgen and Marianne Ohff Research Grant.
  • Won Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) Network Researcher Exchange, Training and Travel Award
  • Won the SAVS Research Seed Grant Award; Round 1, 2019.
  • Won Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI) Award for Round 1, 2017.
  • Won Melbourne University’s ‘Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship’ Award for Round 1, 2017.
  • Tutor for Systems pathology course 2019 at SAVS, The University of Adelaide, SA, Australia.
  • Tutor for Pathology and Diagnostic Services Rotation program at SAVS, The University of Adelaide, SA, Australia.
  • Tutor for General Pathology course at SAVS, The University of Adelaide, SA, Australia.
  • Tutor for Microbiology course at SAVS, The University of Adelaide, SA, Australia.
  • Tutor for Systems pathology course 2018 at SAVS, The University of Adelaide, SA, Australia.
  • Tutor for Microbiology course at SAVS, The University of Adelaide, SA, Australia.
  • Tutor for ILA course at SAVS, The University of Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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