Dr Jody Peters

Research Fellow

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
j.peters2@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54648

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

  • Gervais Habarugira, Moran, Jasmin, Agathe Colmant, Davis, Steven S., Caitlin O'Brien, Hall-Mendelin, Sonja, McMahon, Jamie, Hewitson, Glen, Nair, Neelima, Barcelon, Jean, Willy Suen, Melville, Lorna, Hobson-Peters, Jody, Hall, Roy A., Isberg, Sally R. and Helle Bielefeldt-ohmann (2020) Mosquito-independent transmission of West Nile virus in farmed saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus). Viruses, 12 2: 198.doi:10.3390/v12020198

  • Colmant, Agathe M. G., O'Brien, Caitlin A., Newton, Natalee D., Watterson, Daniel, Hardy, Joshua, Coulibaly, Fasséli, Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Helle, Warrilow, David, Huang, Bixing, Paramitha, Devina, Harrison, Jessica J., Hall, Roy A. and Hobson-Peters, Jody (2020) Novel monoclonal antibodies against Australian strains of negeviruses and insights into virus structure, replication and host -restriction. Journal of General Virology, . doi:10.1099/jgv.0.001388

  • Hobson-Peters, Jody, Harrison, Jessica J., Watterson, Daniel, Hazlewood, Jessamine E., Vet, Laura J., Newton, Natalee D., Warrilow, David, Colmant, Agathe M. G., Taylor, Carmel, Huang, Bixing, Piyasena, Thisun B. H., Chow, Weng Kong, Setoh, Yin Xiang, Tang, Bing, Nakayama, Eri, Yan, Kexin, Amarilla, Alberto A., Wheatley, Sarah, Moore, Peter R., Finger, Mitchell, Kurucz, Nina, Modhiran, Naphak, Young, Paul R., Khromykh, Alexander A., Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Helle, Suhrbier, Andreas and Hall, Roy A. (2019) A recombinant platform for flavivirus vaccines and diagnostics using chimeras of a new insect-specific virus. Science Translational Medicine, 11 522: eaax7888. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.aax7888

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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. In Nikos Vasilakis and Duane J. Gubler (Ed.), Arboviruses: molecular biology, evolution and control (pp. 135-166) 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 — Joint Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision