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Associate Professor, Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, Western Sydney University

Associate Professor Julie Old joined Western Sydney University in 2006. She has expertise in comparative and developmental immunology, native mammal biology, wildlife management, conservation and citizen science. She completed her PhD in 2002 in marsupial immunology and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Macquarie University prior to commencing her position at Western Sydney University. Julie’s research combines immunology, developmental biology, molecular biology, anatomy, microscopy, ecological techniques and citizen science to solve important issues in wildlife health and disease, especially marsupials. She established the School of Science and Health Small Native Mammal Teaching and Research Facility in 2009, and is the Chief Investigator of the Citizen Science project, WomSAT. Since 1998, her research has resulted in over 100 research publications in high impact journals including Science, PLoS One and DCI. Julie is the President of the Australian Wildlife Society, and a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Advisory Committee and Advisory Council member. Julie has been internationally recognise for her teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students having been awarded a Senior Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy She is a regular reviewer of national and international journals and research grants.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Animal Science and Zoology, University of Western Sydney