Dr Sharon Siva Subramaniam

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences


Dr Sharon Siva is a Post-doctoral Researcher within the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Dr Sharon Siva’s main research interest is the development of novel, non-invasive diagnostic tools for:

  • Huntington’s disease
  • Other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheirmer’s and Parkinson’s
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Dr Sharon Siva’s other research involvement includes:

  • Genetic mapping for application of marker-assisted selection in livestock
  • Characterisation of desmosomal proteins involved in maintenance of skin and hair/wool structure and their role in skin diseases and wool production traits
  • Linking barrier function and immune response associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Improvement of welfare in animal production
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  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    Curtin University Australia PhD. in Molecular Genetics
    Curtin University Australia BSc. Honours in Molecular Biotechnology (1st Class)
    Curtin University Australia BSc. in Molecular Biotechnology
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Siva Subarmaniam, N., Bawden, C., Rudiger, S., Yazbeck, R., Faull, R., Snell, R., & Howarth, G. (2019). Development of a novel 13C-labelled methionine breath test protocol for potential assessment of hepatic mitochondrial function in sheep using isotope-ratio mass spectrometry. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 442, 102-108.
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    2018 Subramaniam, N., Bawden, C., Waldvogel, H., Faull, R., Howarth, G., & Snell, R. (2018). Emergence of breath testing as a new non-invasive diagnostic modality for neurodegenerative diseases. Brain research, 1691, 75-86.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2015 Siva Subramaniam, N., Morgan, E., Wetherall, J., Stear, M., & Groth, D. (2015). A comprehensive mapping of the structure and gene organisation in the sheep MHC class I region. BMC Genomics, 16(1), 810-1-810-17.
    DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
    2012 Siva Subramaniam, N., Morgan, E., Bottomley, S., Tay, S., Gregg, K., Lee, C., . . . Groth, D. (2012). Predictive mutational bioinformatic analysis of variation in the skin and wool associated corneodesmosin (CDSN) gene in sheep. Animal Science Journal, 83(5), 386-393.
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    2012 Lee, C., Qin, J., Munyard, K., Siva Subramaniam, N., Wetherall, J., Stear, M., & Groth, D. (2012). Conserved haplotype blocks within the sheep MHC and low SNP heterozygosity in the class IIa subregion. Animal Genetics, 43(4), 429-437.
    DOI Scopus7 Europe PMC4
    2010 Subramaniam, N. S., Morgan, E., Lee, C., Wetherall, J., & Groth, D. (2010). Polymorphism of sheep MHC Class IIb gene TAPASIN. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, 137(1-2), 176-180.
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  • McLeod Foundation Departmental Grant (2018-2019)
  • Industry-Linked Grant from South Australia Research and Development Institute, South Australia (2018-2019)
  • Brain Research New Zealand (2016-2018)
  • SAVS Seed Grant Funding (2018)
  • SAVS Seed Grant Funding (2017)
  • SAVS Seed Grant Funding (2016)
  • Co-course coordinator: Principles in Animal Behaviour Welfare Ethics (2017-2018)
  • Demonstrator: Laboratory Animal Science (2018)
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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Breath test as a non-invasive diagnostic tool for detection of NAFLD in paediatric patients The University of Adelaide Formative Research Proposal (3rd year Medical Students) Other Group project
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Identifying breath biomarkers for measurement of volatile fatty acids in sheep The University of Adelaide Honours Nicholas Dawes
    2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor 13C-methionine breath testing in Huntington's disease sheep model The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, The Uninversity of Adelaide Honours Lauren Hunter
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Representative Australian Society for Medical Research-South Australia Australian Society for Medical Research Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2010 - 2011 Member International Society for Animal Genetics Australia
  • Phone: 81618279
  • Email: sharon.siva@adelaide.edu.au
  • Building: Rieger Building, floor 8
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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