Peter Irwin - Contributor Profile


Peter has worked in academia in Australia and overseas for more than 25 years as a teacher of companion animal medicine and as a researcher in the fields of veterinary parasitology and medical microbiology. 

Peter is a registered specialist in canine medicine. He is an internationally recognised expert in vector-borne diseases and is a director of the Vector- and Water Borne Pathogens Research Group (the Cryptick Laboratory) at Murdoch University.  

His recent research focus, funded by the ACAHF, FHRF, CRF, ARC and NHMRC, has been into tick-borne infections of companion animals, wildlife and humans in Australia, using a variety of techniques including metagenomics for tick microbiome analysis. The research team studies potentially zoonotic protozoal, viral, and bacterial pathogens in ticks, with the overarching aim of providing evidence-based data to inform the vexed debate into Debilitating Symptom Complexes attributed to Ticks (DSCATT, or the so-called Lyme disease-like illness) in people in Australia. 

Published Papers

  • Professor Irwin has published more 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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