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Dr Sophia Escobar-Correas

Post Doctoral Research Fellow (NRCD)

Staff Member Details

Dr Sophia Escobar Correas is a PostDoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Science and visiting scientist in the CSIRO Agriculture & Food Business Unit.


Sophia received her PhD in Biological Science in the Argentinian National University of Cuyo in 2020.

During her PhD she worked studying the digestive system of a non-model species, the invasive apple snail Pomacea canaliculata, to increase the understanding of the animal’s biology and potentially generate new opportunities to eradicate and/or control this agricultural pest. As part of her studies, Sophia engaged in a visiting fellowship at CSIRO Agriculture & Food with Prof. Dr Michelle Colgrave as her supervisor (2017-2018). During this fellowship she developed her skills and experience in mass spectrometry and proteomics, which were critical to the completion of her PhD in 2020. She then joined the Proteomics team at the School of Science, ECU in February, 2020. Her current work is focused on the study of grain cross contamination and novel causative agents for Non-responsive Coeliac Disease.

Professional Memberships

  • 2019: Member Australasian Proteomics Society (APS)
  • 2019: Human Proteome Organization (HUPO)
  • 2017-2019: Argentinian Malacology Association (ASAM)
  • 2016-2019: Argentinian Society of Mass Spectrometry (SAEM)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2015 PhD Scholarship Grant, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina
  • 2014 Endeavour Scholarship, National University of San Luis, Argentina

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2017 Program for Teaching Mobility, National University of Cuyo, Argentina

Research Areas and Interests

  • Proteomic characterization of cereal grains with focus on novel immune responsive proteins causing non-responsive coeliac disease
  • Immunotoxic profiling of non-traditional gluten-like proteins
  • Bioinformatics and data science applications for proteomics


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences, Argentina, 2020.
  • University Diploma in Molecular Biology, Argentina, 2014.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Campoy-Diaz, A., Escobar Correas, S., Canizo, B., Wuilloud, R., Vega, I., (2020), A freshwater symbiosis as sensitive bioindicator of cadmium. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27(3), 2580-2587, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-019-07082-x.
  • Escobar Correas, S., Mendoza-Porras, O., Dellagnola, F., Colgrave, M., Vega, I., (2019), Integrative Proteomic Analysis of Digestive Tract Glycosidases from the Invasive Golden Apple Snail, Pomacea canaliculata. Journal of Proteome Research, 18(9), 3342-3352, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.9b00282.
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