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 14 October 2011
Dr Strive is Leader for the Virology and Development Biology research team at CSIRO Entomology.
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.
The project is part of the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC) and includes:
identification of previously undescribed rabbit caliciviruses
characterisation of immunological cross reactivity between these viruses
development of specific diagnostic tools for different rabbit caliciviruses
epidemiology of different caliciviruses in rabbits across different climate zones of Australia
effects on rabbit biocontrol using Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus.
Dr Strive has a strong research background in molecular biology and virology.
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.
A greater understanding of the different strains of calicivirus in Australia will lead to enhanced rabbit biocontrol techniques.
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.
Dr Strive has been awarded a:
Diploma in Microbiology with majors in Genetics, Biochemistry and Virology, from the Institute of Virology, University of Marburg, Germany in 1997
Doctorate in Biology also from the Institute of Virology, University of Marburg in 2001.
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