Dr Christina Zdenek

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science

Overview

I am currently a post-doc and lab manager of the Venom Evolution Lab at The University of Queensland. With more than 15 years in field-based roles and 6 years in lab-based roles, my research interests have ranged from parrot vocalisations to animal cognition, snake venom activity, antivenom efficacy, and snake behaviour. My ultimate purpose is to use science to create a better world, for humans and for wildlife. [Note: the grants section of this profile exclude the 7 grants (totalling $56,000) that I was awarded during my PhD and MPhil]

Research Impacts

My current research aims to better understand snake venoms and antivenom efficacy with the hopes of helping ameliorate the burden of snakebite on society. I do this in several ways. One way is by using high-throughput methods to ascertain venom pathophysiological effects and antivenom (conventional and next-generation) efficacy. My work facilitates evidence-based decision making for clinicians and antivenom producers by mapping the geographic and phylogenetic patterns of pathophysiological effects and relative coverage by conventional antivenoms. This work is particularly important to fill knowledge gaps for antivenoms that have not undergone clinical trials but are nonetheless currently being used to treat snakebite. Another benefit to society that my research provides is advancing medical science by developing new, innovative methods with which to study snake venoms and antivenoms, without the use of animal models. This attribute enables versatility and flexibility that has historically been impossible and has significant biomedical implications. My field research on Palm Cockatoos, Death Adders, and a myriad of Australian Psittacines (parrots and cockatoos) aims to improve the lives and preservation of these species, while helping humans live peacefully along side them.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Philosophy, Australian National University

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