BSc, Honours 1 (Wollongong), 1994. PhD (Wollongong) Molecular Microbiology, 2000.
Senior Lecturer
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After completing my PhD in 2000, I began postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, UK, and then later at the Imperial College London.  During this time I spent significant time collaborating and working at the Institute Pasteur in Paris. In 2004 I returned to Australia as a postdoctoral scientist at the Centenary Institute in Sydney where I began researching tuberculosis. I moved to The University of Queensland as a senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in mid 2012.

Brief Research Description: 
Tuberculosis microbiology
Research Focus and Collaborations: 

My Laboratory is committed to understanding the mechanisms by which Mycobacterium tuberculosis causes Tuberculosis (TB). One in three people in the world are infected with this bacterium, resulting in approximately 4,000 deaths every day. My lab utilises modern molecular genomic technologies to identify the genetic requirements for M. tuberculosis to cause TB. This information is being translated into the development of new therapies and control measures for TB. Research within the group will fall largely into one of the following three themes: Essential Gene Identification in M. tuberculosis, Understanding Latency and Targeted Drug Development.


National Research Collaborations

-University of Sydney, School of Chemistry

-University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School

-University of Sydney, Faculty of Pharmacy

-Centenary Institute, Mycobacterial Research Laboratory


International Collaborations

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Univeristy of Oxford, UK


Funded Projects: 


Years Funded

Grant type


Funds Awarded



New Investigator Grant

Identification of Essential Components of Mycobacterium tuberculosis



NHMRC- Project Grant

Genes to Drugs for TB




Career Development Fellowship (level 2)

Tuberculosis: Genes to Drugs








NHMRC- Project Grant

NHMRC- Project Grant

Characterisation of metabolic pathways in M. tuberculosis and the Development of Inhibitors

Latent Tuberculosis Infection

Improving subunit vaccines for tuberculosis for pulmonary delivery








MICR3003, Molecular Microbiology (Course Co-ordinator)

MICR3001, Microbes and Human Health

BIOL2202/BIOL2902, Genetics/Advanced Genetics


Postgraduate Coursework

MICR6008, Immunology and Infectious Diseases


Undergraduate Research and Postgraduate Research Higher Degree Supervision

For many years now there has been a constant presence of undergrad and postgrad research students in the group. Currently I supervise, students at all levels, ie., undergraduate research, Hons, MSc. and PhD. Enquiries from students regarding available positions are always welcome.  

Significant Professional Activities and Awards: 

NHMRC Postdoctoral Reference Group Committee member (2012-)

NHMRC CDA2 Research Fellow (2011)

Centenary Institute “Innovation Award” . (2010)

Australian Society of Microbiology NSW/ACT branch Executive (2010-2012)

Chair, Scientific Program; Australian Society of Microbiology National Conference, Brisbane, 2018.

Donate to TB Research
Selected Publications: