Professor Sassan Asgari

Professor

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
s.asgari@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52043

Overview

Insect host-pathogen interactions

Prof Asgari is interested in investigating evolutionary adaptations employed by parasites, pathogens and their host insects that play important roles in their interactions. These include:

  1. Investigating the role of small RNA molecules (microRNAs) in insect biology and host-pathogen interactions.
  2. Understanding mechanisms evolved by parasitic insects to manipulate host physiology; including immunity and development.
  3. Exploring virus-encoded genes that are responsible for replication, pathogenesis and manipulation of host gene expression machinery.

For more information, visit his lab's website: http://www.insect-host-pathogen.org/

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Adelaide
  • Master of Agriculture, The University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Science, Isfahan University of Technology

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Asgari, Sassan (2017). Host-microbe interactions: a case for Wolbachia dialogue. In Stephen K. Wikel, Serap Aksoy and George Dimopoulos (Ed.), Arthropod vector: controller of disease transmission, volume 1: vector microbiome and innate immunity of arthropods (pp. 173-183) London: Academic Press.

  • Hussain, M., Etebari, K. and Asgari, S. (2016). Functions of small RNAs in mosquitoes. In Alexander S. Raikhel (Ed.), Progress in Mosquito Research (pp. 189-222) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/bs.aiip.2016.04.001

  • Asgari, Sassan (2016). Role of small RNAs in Wolbachia-mosquito interactions. In Non-coding RNAs and Inter-kingdom Communication (pp. 103-115) Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-39496-1_6

  • Asgari, Sassan and Hussain, Mazhar (2015). A glance on the role of miRNAs in insect life. In Klaus H. Hoffmann (Ed.), Insect molecular biology and ecology (pp. 121-159) Boca Raton, Florida United States: CRC Press.

  • Asgari, Sassan (2014). Epigenetic modifications underlying symbiont–host interactions. In Daisuke Yamamoto (Ed.), Epigenetic shaping of sociosexual interactions: from plants to humans (pp. 253-276) Maryland Heights, MO United States: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-800222-3.00010-3

  • Asgari, Sassan (2012). Venoms from endoparasitoids. In Nancy E. Beckage and Jean-Michel Drezen (Ed.), Parasitoid viruses: symbionts and pathogens (pp. 217-231) London, U.K.: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-384858-1.00018-7

  • Bigot, Y., Asgari, S., Bideshi, D., Cheng, X. W., Federici, B. A. and Renault, S (2011). Family Ascoviridae. In Andrew M. Q. King, Michael J. Adams, Eric B. Carstens and Elliot J. Lefkowitz (Ed.), Virus taxonomy: Ninth report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (pp. 147-150) San Diego, CA, United States: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-384684-6.00011-2

  • Asgari, Sassan and Sullivan, Christopher S. (2010). Role of MicroRNAs as regulators of host-virus interactions. In Sasson Asgari and Karyn N. Johnson, (Ed.), Insect Virology 1 ed. (pp. 347-365) Norfolk, U.K.: Caister Academic Press.

  • Asgari, S. (2007). Endoparasitoid venom proteins as modulators of host immunity and development. In Rivers, D. and Yoder, J. (Ed.), Recent Advances in the Biochemistry, Toxicity, and Mode of Action of Parasitic Wasp Venoms (pp. 57-73) India: Research Signpost.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Asgari, Sassan (2013). Utilization of Host Micrornas by Wolbachia to Facilitate Colonization of the Dengue Vector Aedes Aegypti. In: Abstracts: EMBO Conference on Molecular and Population Biology of Mosquitoes and Other Disease Vectors: From Basic Vector Biology to Disease Control. EMBO Conference on Molecular and Population Biology of Mosquitoes and Other Disease Vectors: From Basic Vector Biology to Disease Control, Kolymbari, Greece, (424-424). 15 -19 July 2013. doi:10.1179/2047772413Z.000000000160

  • Asgari, S., Zhang, G., Lu, Z. and Jiang, H.L. (2004). A serine proteinase homolog venom protein inhibits activation of prophenoloxidase in insect haemolymph. In: J. LaSalle, M. Patten and M.Zalucki, XXII International Congress of Entomology. Entomology Strength in Diversity, Brisbane, Australia, (125-125). 15-21 August.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision