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Prof Shamsi's research is focussed on parasites, especially those causing diseases in humans and animals. She started her research career in 1993 as a Research Fellow in the Iranian Fisheries Research Institute (IFRI). In 2002, she received scholarships from the Australian government and University of Melbourne (IPRS and MIRS) to undertake a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology. After completion of her PhD, she worked as the Director and Senior Research Fellow in the Departments of Marine and Freshwater Health and Diseases (IFRI) in Iran, followed by a Post Doctoral at RMIT University, Melbourne. She joined CSU in January 2010.

During her studies, Assoc Prof Shamsi has discovered several new pathogenic species of parasites and strains causing emerging diseases in humans and animals in Australia and worldwide. This led to receiving prestigious awards including a Recognition Medal from the Indian Society for Parasitology (2014) for sustained academic efforts and contributions to advancing the field of research, and an award from the Australian Academy of Science for an International Visit to Japan (2011).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Medical Parasitology, MPh, Evaluation of dip stick rK39 for rapid and accurate diagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis in Iran, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Award Date: 24 Jul 2000

Management, Graduate Certificate in University Leadership and Management , Charles Sturt University


Education, Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, Charles Sturt University


Veterinary Parasitology, PhD, Morphological description and genetic characterisation of aquatic ascaridoid nematoda, University of Melbourne


Biology, Major in Zoology, Bachelor of Science, Taxonomy and distribution of snakes in Mazandaran Province, Iran, University of Tehran


External positions

Editorial board, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

2020 → …

Assessor, Australian Research Council (ARC)

2019 → …

Executive Secretary, Australian Society for Parasitology


Section editor, Parasitology Research

2017 → …

Executive member of the council, • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Association in Australia

2016 → …

Member of the Council, Australian Society for Parasitology


Editor "World Register of Marine Species", Flanders Marine Institute

2011 → …


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