Ms Sinéad Corvan

Lecturer in Biomedical Science - School of Science and Technology

Sinéad Corvan

Phone: +61 +61 02 6773 4368



Sinéad graduated from the University of New England in 2012 with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science Degree, followed by Bachelor of Science with first class Honours in Physiology. Whilst completing her PhD at UNE, Sinéad worked as a Casual Lecturer in the School of Science and Technology, before being hired as a Lecturer in Biomedical Science. She is interested in developing a vaccine adjuvant to protect sheep from gastrointestinal parasites, particularly Trichostrongylus colubriformis and Haemonchus contortus.


BBioSc (UNE), BSc (Hons I) (Physiology), PhD Candidate (UNE)

Teaching Areas

Sinéad has lectured into or coordinated a number of units relating to Biomedical Science. These include:

BCHM210/410: Introductory Molecular Biology and Biochemistry I

BIOL110: Biology I

BTEC360/460/560: Biotechnology and Advanced Molecular Biology

PSIO335: Human Nutrition and Metabolism

PSIO331/531: Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology

PSIO411: Human and Mammalian Physiology

Research Interests

Sinéad's main research interest is the immunological response of sheep to parasitism and vaccination. Trichostrongylus colubriformis and Haemonchus contortus parasites are endemic to Australia and cost Australian farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in production losses each year. Characterization of the sheep immune response to these parasites will aid development of protective anti-parasite vaccinations.


Corvan S., Agnew L. and Andronicos N., Trichostrongylus colubriformis induces IgE-independent CD13, CD164 and CD203c mediated activation of basophils in an in-vitro intestinal epithelial cell co-culture model, Veterinary Parasitology, 207(3-4):285-96, 2014.

Corvan S., Andronicos N. and Agnew L., Initiation of an anti-gastrointestinal parasite immune response in sheep by agents that mimic the activity of live gastrointestinal nematodes [Abstract]. International Congress for Parasitology XIII, Mexico City, 2014.

Corvan S., Andronicos N. and Agnew L., Activation of Basophils by Gastrointestinal Nematode Parasites [Abstract]. The Australasian Society for Immunology's 41st Annual Meeting, Adelaide, 2011.