Ryan O'Handley

Associate Professor Ryan O'Handley

Associate Professor/Reader

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

I am a founding member of the Parasitic Diseases Research Group (ParaDRG) at the University of Adelaide.  My research interests and expertise is focused on the biology and control of parasitic diseases.  I am specifically interested in the development of vaccines and novel drugs to control parasitic diseases in livestock and companion animals.  My current research is targeted to apicomplexam parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii and eneteric coccidia, but I am also interested in Giardiasis, gastrointestinal nematodes and canine heartworm.

I also have a keen interest in parasite diagnostics and lead the Parasitology section of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - ongoing Associate Professor, Parasitology University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2021 Department Head University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2016 Senior Lecturer, Parasitology University of Adelaide
    2004 - 2010 Senior Research Fellow Murdoch University
    2001 - 2004 Assistant Professor, Parasitology University of Prince Edward Island
    2000 - 2001 Research Scientist United States Department of Agriculture
    1995 - 1996 Rumen Microbiology Technician Agriculture and Agriculture-Food Canada
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1995 - 2000 University of Calgary Canada PhD
    1991 - 1995 University of Saskatchewan Canada BSc

Parasitology, VET SCI 3515RW / ANSCI 3515RW (course coordinator 2010-Present)

This course is a core component of the Veterinary Bioscience degree and the DVM degree and a elective in the Animal Science degree.  Lectures focus on concepts of parasitology and parasitism, parasite life cycles, and the pathogenesis of parasitic disease.  Practicals focus on clinical diagnosis of parasitism and students work independently.  Small group learning, critical thinking, and problem solving skills are a major component of the practicals.


Pathology and Diagnostic Services A and B, VET SCI 7304ARW

Postgraduate rotation as part of the DVM program.  The parasitology component involves students performing diagnoses on actual parasitology cases and forces them to consider clinical outcomes, treatment, and control measures.  Small group teaching.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Co-Supervisor Ecology and epidemiology of vector borne diseases in a changing climate Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Peter Jonathon Atkinson
    2021 Principal Supervisor Development of methods to control toxoplasmosis and associated apicomplexan parasites in livestock Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Quinn Phillip Mackie
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Repurposing of Robenidine and Characterization of Novel Analogues for Treatment of Infectious Diseases Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Rebecca Jane Abraham
    2010 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Do sheep worms occur in wild hares and rabbits in Australia? Master of Science Master Full Time Miss Marina Hsiang Hua Tai
  • Position: Associate Professor/Reader
  • Phone: 83137656
  • Email: ryan.ohandley@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83137956
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Leske, floor G
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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