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Dr Tanja Strive is looking for previously undescribed viruses in Australian rabbits.

Dr Tanja Strive: rabbit biocontrol researcher

Dr Tanja Strive is researching different viral pathogens of rabbits and their impact on biocontrol.

  • 15 May 2009 | Updated 13 February 2014

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History

Overview

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Current activities

Dr Strive is Leader for the Host-Pathogens Interactions research team at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.

Dr Strive has a research background in molecular biology, virology, and biological control of vertebrate pests.She is currently researching different caliciviruses in Australian wild rabbits, and their interactions with Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) with potential implementations for rabbit biocontrol.

Current research focuses on

  • interactions of different co-occurring rabbit pathogens in the field and the implications for rabbit control
  • identifying the molecular virulence mechanisms of rabbit caliciviruses
  • the evolution of rabbit viruses as a model system for emerging diseases
  • the selection of suitable virus strains for successive and ongoing field releases
  • development of specific diagnostic tools for different rabbit caliciviruses

A greater understanding of the different strains of calicivirus in Australia will lead to enhanced rabbit biocontrol techniques.

Background

A greater understanding of the different strains of calicivirus in Australia will lead to enhanced rabbit biocontrol techniques.

Her previous research includes involvement in the development of a vaccine for fertility control of foxes with the Pest Animal Control Cooperative Research Centre (PACCRC) and the Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH).

This included the design of a bacterial artificial chromosome based system for the generation of recombinant Canine Herpes virus vaccine vectors.

Dr Strive also worked in association with the IACRC and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), investigating a virally vectored immunocontraception (VVIC) vaccine for mice, based on murine cytomegalovirus, as an alternative to rodenticides.

Academic qualifications

Dr Strive has been awarded a:

  • Masters of Science in Microbiology from the Institute of Virology, University of Marburg, Germany in 1997
  • Doctorate in Biology from the Institute of Virology, University of Marburg in 2001.

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