Associate Professor Jody Peters

Associate Professor

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
j.peters2@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54647

Overview

I began my career working in industry for a company which specialised in in vitro diagnostic assays, for both human and veterinary health (AGEN Biomedical). There, I worked as a scientist for almost a decade in numerous departments of the commercialisation pipeline, including manufacturing, product development and research. Following this, I completed a PhD (2010) with the Australian Biosecurity Co-operative Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease and have since worked as a virologist at The University of Queensland.

My current research focuses on mosquito-borne virus discovery and the development of innovative vaccine and diagnostic platforms. Together, these research interests have culminated in a greater understanding of the mosquito virome and the development of new approaches for the detection of novel viruses. These include high throughput sequence and antigen-independent assays and the development of suites of unique monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), which in conjunction with deep sequencing platforms, provide comprehensive virus discovery strategies. Using this repertoire, I have been involved in the discovery and extensive genetic and phenotypic characterisation of new mosquito-borne viruses, belonging to more than six viral taxon (including Flaviviridae, Mesoniviridae, Bunyavirales, Reoviridae, Negevirus, Nodaviridae).

Harnessing the unique mosquito-specific growth restriction of the insect-specific flaviviruses that we discovered, my research now focuses on the application of these viruses to the development of novel, safe vaccines and diagnostics for multiple pathogenic flaviviruses.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology

Publications

  • Balea, Rickyle, Pollak, Nina M., Hobson-Peters, Jody, Macdonald, Joanne and McMillan, David J. (2023). Development and pre-clinical evaluation of a Zika virus diagnostic for low resource settings. Frontiers in Microbiology, 14 1214148, 1-10. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2023.1214148

  • Habarugira, Gervais, Harrison, Jessica J., Moran, Jasmin, Suen, Willy W., Colmant, Agathe M. G., Hobson-Peters, Jody, Isberg, Sally R., Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Helle and Hall, Roy A. (2023). A chimeric vaccine protects farmed saltwater crocodiles from West Nile virus-induced skin lesions. npj Vaccines, 8 (1) 93, 1-9. doi: 10.1038/s41541-023-00688-w

  • Speck, Peter, Mackenzie, Jason, Bull, Rowena A., Slobedman, Barry, Drummer, Heidi, Fraser, Johanna, Herrero, Lara, Helbig, Karla, Londrigan, Sarah, Moseley, Gregory, Prow, Natalie, Hansman, Grant, Edwards, Robert, Ahlenstiel, Chantelle, Abendroth, Allison, Tscharke, David, Hobson-Peters, Jody, Kriiger-Loterio, Robson, Parry, Rhys, Marsh, Glenn, Harding, Emma, Jacques, David A., Gartner, Matthew J., Lee, Wen Shi, McAuley, Julie, Vaz, Paola, Sainsbury, Frank, Tate, Michelle D., Sinclair, Jane ... Young, Paul (2023). Statement in Support of: “Virology under the Microscope—a Call for Rational Discourse”. Journal of Virology, 97 (5), e0045123. doi: 10.1128/jvi.00451-23

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Hall, Roy A., Hall-Mendelin, Sonja, Hobson-Peters, Jody, Prow, Natalie A. and Mackenzie, John S. (2016). Ecological and epidemiological factors influencing arbovirus diversity, evolution and spread. Arboviruses: molecular biology, evolution and control. (pp. 135-166) edited by Nikos Vasilakis and Duane J. Gubler. Poole, United Kingdom: Caister Academic Press. doi: 10.21775/9781910190210.10

Journal Article

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision