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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 continued to manage it for teaching and research until 2018. She is the Chief Investigator of the Citizen Science project, WomSAT. Since 1998, her research has resulted in over 80 research publications in high impact journals including PLoS One and DCI. Julie is on the board of the Australian Wildlife Society, and a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Advisory Committee and Advisory Council member. She is also Academic Course Advisor for Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science, Environmental Management and Environment and Health) in the School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University. Julie is the Unit Coordinator for Animal Science and Animal Health and Welfare, and teaches into several other units in the Natural Science and Science programs. She is supervises PhD and Masters students, and is a regular reviewer of national and international journals and research grants.


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