Dr Rama Jayaraj

Lecturer - Clinical Sciences

Dr. Rama Jayaraj is a veterinarian and applied biotechnologist. Rama is also an emerging mental health scientist focusing on Australian Indigenous Alcohol associated assaults and violence, culturally adopted brief intervention strategies and Indigenous community development in the Northern Territory.

He completed my PhD (Applied Biotechnology) research on Fasciola Vaccine Development at RMIT University in 2007 and also successfully completed his postdoctoral research on Scabies Diagnostic Development in 2010 at Menzies School of Health Research.

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Teaching areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Biotechnology

Research interests

  • Alcohol Associated violence and facial trauma
  • Scabies diagnosis and rapid test development for infectious diseases
  • Liver fluke vaccine development – recombinant protein and DNA vaccines
  • Cancer marker studies in Head and neck cancer patients

Current Research Collaboration

I am currently involved in or working on several research projects collaboratively with different teams such as:

  • Two Brief Intervention projects “Screening and Treatment for Alcohol Related Trauma using Brief Interventions” and Prevention of Alcohol related Crime and Trauma (PACT) focusing on Indigenous patients with Dr. Mahiban Thomas, Head, Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Darwin Hospital and Jo Townsend, Director, Alcohol and Other Drugs Program, Department of Health and Associate Professor Tricia Nagel at Menzies School of Health Research.
  • Head and Neck cancer research projects entitled “Identification of Molecular and Immuno Diagnostic Cancer markers in Northern Territory Indigenous population” and Incidence and Clinical implication of HPV infections in Head and Neck Cancers in Northern Territory with Dr. Mahiban Thomas, Head, Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Darwin Hospital and Dr. Sid Baxi, Alan Walker Cancer Centre, Darwin.
  • Fasciola vaccine development project with Associate Professor Peter Smooker (RMIT), Prof. Terry Spthil (Latrobe Stuart University), Prof. Rob Pike, Dr. David Piedrafita and Prof. Els Meeusen (Monash University).

Postgraduate students

Jagtar Singh is an International, masters by research student in Allied Health, School of Environmental and Life Science, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina, Northern Territory from August 2010. His research topic is on “Identification of Molecular and Immuno Diagnostic Cancer markers in Northern Territory Indigenous population”. His research project itself is very important for the NT because it is the first molecular cancer study in the NT and also the aim of study is to improve the diagnostic accuracy of cancer in the Indigenous population. He has published one research paper entitled “Head and Neck malignancy in the Northern Territory” in Head and Neck Surgery Internet Scientific Journal in January 2011.

Supervision of Honours student: Methinee Intrapanya is my honours student in Allied Health, School of Environmental and Life Science, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina, Northern Territory. Her research topic entitled as “Incidence and Clinical implication of HPV infections in Head and Neck Cancers in Northern Territory “. She completed her laboratory work and she is currently writing her thesis. She has also presented her results at the Third World Congress of the International Academy of Oral Oncology in Singapore on 17th July 2011.

Relevant professional affiliations

  • Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP)
  • Australian Society for Immunology (ASI)
  • Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)
  • Cancer Research Institute of Northern Territory
  • Australia and New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry (ANZCTR)

Lists of fellowships, scholarships, prizes awarded

  • Australian Academy of Science Fellowship to visit North America Institutions (2011)
  • The Best Poster Award from ICOPA 2010 in Melbourne, Australia (2010) 
  • Parasitology Travel Award from ARC/NHMRC Research Network for attending BioDot Rapid Diagnostics Workshop in San Francisco, USA (2009).
  • “Certificate of appreciation” from Faculty of Education, Health & Science, Charles Darwin University awarded for Science in the Tropics, Darwin (2010-2008)

List of publications that have resulted from research undertaken since appointment at the CDU

Jayaraj R, Hales B, Currie B, Holt D, Walton S. Specific IgE responses for a recombinant allergen of Sarcoptes scabiei: A new diagnostic test for scabies. Australasian Society for Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting, Perth, 2010.

Smooker PM, Jayaraj R, Piedrafita D, Grams R, Spithill T. Vaccination against fasciolosis by a multivalent formulation of stage-specific antigens. XIIth International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA), Melbourne, 2010.

Smooker PM, Jayaraj R, Piedrafita D, Grams R, Spithill T. Vaccination against fasciolosis by a multivalent formulation of stage-specific antigens. XIIth International Congress of Immunology, Kobe, Japan, 2010.

Jayaraj R, Luke Norbury, Pike R, Spithill T, Smooker P. Proteases of Liver Fluke-Enzymatic Characterisation and Prospects for Vaccination against Fasciolosis. Proceedings of 2010 International Conference on Agriculture and Animal Science 2010.

Jayaraj R, Piedrafita D, Dynon K, Grams R, Spithill TW, Smooker PM Liver fluke vaccines: Vaccination Against Fasciolosis by a Multivalent Vaccine of Recombinant Stage-Specific Antigens. Proceedings of 2010 International Conference on Agriculture and Animal Science 2010; 2, 82-85.

Thomas M, Singh J, Jayaraj R. Head and Neck Malignancy in the Northern Territory, Internet Scientific Journal of Head and Neck surgery 2010; 4: 2.

Jayaraj R, Mayo L. The Association of high risk alcohol misuse and violence. Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA), Melbourne, 2011.

Jayaraj R, Hales B, Currie B, Holt D, Walton S. A diagnostic test for scabies: IgE specificity for a recombinant allergen of Sarcoptes scabiei.  Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 2011, Vol 71, 403-407.

Jayaraj R, Nagel T. Interventions for Alcohol related Violence-AIMhi START study, ASMR 50th National Scientific Conference Indigenous Health: Action on Prevention, Cairns, 2011.

Consultation Paper

JR18. Nagel T, Jayaraj R, Ah kit A, Thompson V, Spencer N. Binge Drinking and Violent
Assaults of Indigenous Australians of NT. Australia's National Drug Strategy Beyond 2009 Consultation Paper. 2010.

Letter to the Editor

Intrapanya M, Jayaraj, R, Cameron S, Baxi S, Curtin J, Lys I, Mileva M, Thomas M. Caution: De-escalate with care! ANZ Journal of Surgery 2012; 82 (3):189-190.

Reviews

Smooker PM, Jayaraj R, Pike RN, Spithill TW. Cathepsin B proteases of flukes: the key to facilitating parasite control? Trends in Parasitology 2010; 26 (10): 506-514.

Dr Rama Jayaray

Contacts

T: 8946 6146
E: rama.jayaraj@cdu.edu.au
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909