Development of an Anti-Chlamydia Vaccine for the Koala

Project dates: 2010-03-15 00:00:00 - 2013-12-31 00:00:00

Many of Australia s koala populations are under threat from two forces, habitat loss and chlamydial disease. Chlamydia infect virtually every wild koala population and when combined with the stress of habitat pressure, clinical disease is often the result. A vaccine would have a major impact on this debilitating disease. Our research group at QUT are ideally placed to develop such a vaccine and we have an 8-step plan to so. We have selected several vaccine antigens and will test them when combined with suitable adjuvants to immunise (a) Chlamydia-free koala, (b) Chlamydia-infected koalas and (c) Chlamydia- and koala retrovirus-infected koalas.'',

Funding / Grants

  • Australian Research Council


  • ARC Linkage - APAI or APDI - Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • ARC Linkage - APAI or APDI - Australia Zoo, Queensland
  • ARC Linkage - APAI or APDI - City of Gold Coast
  • ARC Linkage - APAI or APDI - Friends of the Koala Inc

Professor Ken Beagley reproductive immunologist