Investigators

AID researchers are drawn from infectious disease experts from across QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and University of Queensland (UQ) who apply leading technologies to identify, understand and prevent infectious disease.

Professor Greg Anderson (NHMRC SRF)

Professor Greg Anderson is Deputy Director of QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Head of the Iron Metabolism Laboratory. He is interested in all aspects of the biology of iron an...

Dr Annika Antonsson (NHMRC CDF)

Dr Annika Antonsson is a virologist with epidemiological training who is working at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Her research has been focused on human papillomavirus (HPV) in different types of cancer. Her current prim...

Professor Sassan Asgari

Professor Sassan Asgari’s research focuses on insect host-disease interactions, especially the role of small RNA molecules (microRNAs). He is interested in the impact of insect diseases and infectious mosquito-transmitted viruses (such...

Professor Ross Barnard

Professor Ross Barnard’s research includes infectious disease diagnostics, and developing new technologies for detecting infections. These range from assays to developing a new real-time PCR technology. Professor Barnard also s...

Associate Professor Scott Beatson (NHMRC CDF)

Associate Professor Scott Beatson’s research is improving understanding of the molecular mechanisms of infectious disease, using the genomes of medically important bacteria and key virulence factors. The research aims to exploit this d...

Dr Lynette Beattie

Dr Lynette Beattie’s research interests lie in the field of liver macrophage biology and host-pathogen interactions. Lynette’s research focuses on a population of liver resident macrophages called Kupffer cells, with the aim of u...

Professor Scott Bell (QHealth Research)

Professor Scott Bell, a QHealth Research Fellow, is interested in the clinical impact of clonal Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis. The same strain of P. aeruginosa is commonly found in patients within CF centres on the ...

Dr Seweryn Bialasiewicz

Dr Seweryn Bialasiewicz heads the laboratory research arm of the Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases (QPID) laboratory, which works closely with Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital clinicians to...

Dr Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann

Dr Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann is a veterinary pathologist focusing on biological mechanisms of infectious diseases, particularly zoonotic diseases (those passed between animals and humans) and virus infections causing diseases in nervous system tissue....

Dr Antje Blumenthal

Dr Antje Blumenthal investigates how cells of the innate immune system are activated to successful defend against pathogens (infectious agents). A Balzan fellow, she studies how immune receptors contribute to host cell activation, and how in...

Professor Scott Burrows (NHMRC PRF)

Professor Scott Burrows is Group Leader of the Cellular Immunology Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. His interests are in the fields of immunology and virology, particular...

Dr Mark Butler

Dr Mark Butler’s research focuses on discovering new drug leads and their preclinical development into potential drugs to treat life threating bacterial and fungal infections. His research interests include mode of action studies, ADME...

Professor Robert Capon

Professor Robert Capon focuses on detecting, isolating, characterising, identifying, and evaluating new bioactive metabolites from Australian marine and terrestrial plants, animals, and microbes. These natural products span all known biosynt...

Professor Anders Cervin

Professor Anders Cervin spends half of his time caring for patients with chronic upper respiratory tract infection and inflammation and the remaining time researching treatment options for this cohort of patients. He focuses on the role of t...

Professor Anne Chang (NHMRC Practitioner)

Professor Anne Chang is a NHMRC Practitioner Fellow at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Brisbane. Prof. Chang has clinical and research interests in improving the understanding of common illnesses in children, such as chronic cough and ...

Dr Richard Clark

Dr Richard Clark's lab focuses on bioactive peptides including their discovery, biological role and potential as treatments for infection and autoimmune diseases. Bioactive peptides are attractive molecular probes and therapeutic leads as th...

Associate Professor Rowland Cobbold

Associate Professor Rowland Cobbold studies the patterns, causes and effects of infectious diseases that can be passed to humans; food-borne infectious agents within animals; and potential public health risk assessment and mitigation strategies....

Dr Lachlan Coin (ARC Future Fellow)

Associate Professor Lachlan Coin is studying variation in the complete set of DNA of both hosts and infectious agents, and associating this variation with phenotype (observable characteristics). He is also interested in identifying rapid, ch...

Professor Matthew Cooper

Professor Matthew Cooper’s research focuses on the design and development of new antibiotics and anti-virals active against drug-resistant pathogens. He is interested in hospital-acquired infections, such as the strain of golden staph ...

Associate Professor Mark Coulthard

Associate Professor Mark Coulthard is President of the Paediatric Society of Queensland Inc. His research interests include the role of Eph/ephrin proteins in vascular leak in sepsis/SIRS, on line interactive medical education, and telemedic...

Professor Darrell Crawford

Darrell Crawford is Professor of Hepatology, and Head, Discipline of Medicine, The University of Queensland. He is a clinician with 25 years of experience with past appointments to the

Associate Professor Nicholas Davis-Poynter

Associate Professor Nicholas Davis-Poynter studies the biological mechanisms underlying herpes virus infection. His current research is focused upon G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) homologues, originally captured from the host, which are u...

Associate Professor Gregor Devine

Associate Professor Gregor Devine is a medical entomologist. He works on the entomological determinants of arbovirus and malaria transmission in heterogeneous environments. This includes looking at: i) The impacts of species ...

Professor Christian Engwerda

Professor Christian Engwerda studies the roles that T cells play in coordinating immune responses against pathogens, as well as the immune mechanisms mediating the suppression of CD4+ T cell responses in malaria and leishmania. His group has...

Professor David Evans (ARC Future Fellow)

Professor David Evans is Professor of Statistical Genetics and Head of the Genomics Programme at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. His area of expertise is in the genetic mapping of complex traits and diseases in humans by g...

Professor David Fairlie (NHMRC SPRF)

Professor David Fairlie’s research lies at the interface of chemistry, biology, and disease. The group focuses not only on the design, discovery, and characterisation of therapeutics for viral and parasite infections, but also the mech...

Associate Professor Vito Ferro

Associate Professor Vito Ferro is Director of the professional doctorate in biotechnology. His research interests are in synthetic carbohydrate chemistry and drug design and development. Of particular interest is heparan sulfate (HS)...

Dr Katja Fischer

Dr Katja Fischer is heading the Scabies laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. Scabies and associated bacterial disease is a globally increasing problem with widely underrat...

Associate Professor James Fraser

Associate Professor James Fraser studies Cryptococcus neoformans, a yeast that is one of the leading causes of fungal infections among immuno-compromised patients. He is researching the mechanisms of microevolution during infection,...

Professor Ian Frazer

The work of immunologist Professor Ian Frazer and his colleague, the late molecular virologist Dr Jian Zhou, has led to the development of a vaccine which prevents infection with HPV and cervical cancer. Professor Frazer won the 2005 CSIRO E...

Professor Charles Gilks

Professor Charles Gilks is an international public health specialist and clinical academic. Previously he was head of UNAIDS in India, providing leadership and political advocacy for the joint UN response to HIV in a complex political enviro...

Associate Professor Luke Guddat

Associate Professor Luke Guddat is a structural biologist whose laboratory focuses on the structure, function and inhibition of enzymes that are targets for drug discovery against infectious diseases including Candida, malaria, tuberculosis and Chag...

Professor Roy Hall

Professor Roy Hall’s research is in the study of the structure and function of flavivirus proteins, specifically West Nile virus and Chikungunya virus. Prof. Hall is interested in the role of these proteins in viral pathogenesis and th...

Dr Andrew Harvey

Dr Andrew Harvey heads the Queensland Emory Drug Discovery Initiative (QEDDI), a UQ-owned, dedicated small molecule drug discovery and development group. QEDDI’s goal is to leverage UQ research and accelerate the development of new dru...

Dr Ashraful Haque (NHMRC CDF)

Dr Haque researches the interactions that occur between the malaria-causing parasite,Plasmodium, and cells of the mammalian immune system. Symptoms of malaria in humans occur after the parasite infects red blood cells, with severe, and fatal...

Professor Philip Hugenholtz (ARC Australian Laureate Fellow)

Professor Philip Hugenholtz’s research focuses on molecular characterisation of host-associated microbial communities, including those of healthy and diseased people. There is a growing appreciation that pathogens do not work in isolat...

Dr Leon Hugo (Perpetual JT Wilson Fellow)

Dr Leon Hugo is a Senior Research Officer in the Mosquito Control Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (Group Leader – Greg Devine). Leon researches the entomological factors affecting mosquito-borne disease. He inve...

Associate Professor Malcolm Jones

Associate Professor Malcolm Jones is researching the biology and control of pathogenic helminth (worm) infections of humans and animals, notably schistosomiasis, echinococcosis and angiostrongyliasis. He chairs the organizing committee for t...

Dr. Ulrike Kappler

Dr Ulrike Kappler is interested in how microorganisms from diverse environments use metal-containing enzymes to convert toxic sulfur compounds into less harmful substances. Sulfur compounds are essential for life on earth and fulfil man...

Associate Professor Stuart Kellie

Associate Professor Stuart Kellie’s research interests lie in the cell and molecular biology of phagocyte function. Phagocytes are cells that protected the body by eating harmful foreign particles, bacteria and dead or dying cells....

Professor Mark Kendall

Professor Mark Kendall invented the Nanopatch, a needle-free vaccine delivery device which is under rapid research and development to product through spin-out company Vaxxas. Professor Kendall is a 2012 Rolex Laureate, recognising pioneering...

Professor Alexander Khromykh (NHMRC SRF)

Professor Alexander Khromykh is the Deputy-Director of the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre. He studies the West Nile Virus (WNV), specifically the molecular mechanisms of replication, virus assembly, and virus-host interaction...

Professor Bostjan Kobe (NHMRC SRF)

Professor Bostjan Kobe’s research focuses on protein structure and function, particularly understanding the structural basis of interactions formed by these macromolecules. He is interested in structure-function relationships of protei...

Associate Professor Lutz Krause

Associate Professor Lutz Krause investigates cancer genetics, biomarker discovery, genetics and epigenetics of complex diseases and parasite genomics. In collaboration with Princess Alexandra Hospital, his research helps clinicians choose op...

Associate Professor Stephen Lambert

Associate Professor Stephen Lambert is a public health physician with an interest in the patterns, causes and effects of infectious diseases. His research includes studying viral pathogens (infectious agents) in children, and evaluating the ...

Professor Jeffrey Lipman

Professor Jeffrey Lipman’s research interests cover most clinical aspects of infections in the critically ill, including management in intensive care, resuscitation of burns, and pharmacokinetics of antibiotic dosage. His research into...

Associate Professor Ian Mackay

Associate Professor Mackay's clinical virology research focus aims at discovering and characterising viruses, defining their interactions and determining the clinical outcomes in the respiratory tract of children infected by them. Associate ...

Professor Alan E. Mark (UQ VC SRF)

Professor Alan Mark uses computer based simulation techniques to understand and predict the structural and dynamic properties of (bio)molecules including proteins and lipid aggregates. His interests lie in understanding cellular processes, s...

Dr Kate Markey

Dr Kate Markey is a clinician researcher whose research focuses on the immunological complications of bone marrow transplantation. Previously she has focused on the role of professional antigen presenting cells and their contribution to immu...

Professor James McCarthy (NHMRC Practitioner)

Professor James McCarthy leads a multidisciplinary research team at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research undertaking research in human parasitology and translational research in tropical medicine. He holds a senior leadership positio...

Professor Alastair McEwan

Professor Alastair McEwan’s research group is identifying targets for vaccine production for novel antibiotics. Professor McEwan also has specific biodiscovery projects that involve a search for marine and microbial natural products ca...

Dr Ricardo J Soares Magalhaes

Dr Ricardo Soares Magalhaes is a Senior Lecturer in Population Health and Biosecurity at the School of Veterinary Science and Affiliate Senior Lecturer at the UQ Children’s Health Research Centre. He is the Head of the UQ SpatialEpiLab...

Associate Professor Ross McGeary

Associate Professor Ross McGeary is a medicinal chemist with an interest in designing and synthesising potent inhibitors of metallo-beta-lactamase (MBLs). MBLs are enzymes that make bacteria resistant to a broad range of beta-lactam antibiot...

Professor John McGrath (NHMRC John Cade Fellowship)

John McGrath is the Director of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and conjoint Professor at the Queensland Brain Institute. His research aims to generate and evaluate nongenetic risk factors for schizophrenia.  He has for...

Professor Don McManus (NHMRC SPRF)

Professor Don McManus is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Senior Principal Research Fellow at QIMR, Professor of Tropical Health, University of Queensland and Professor, Griffith University. His research investigates schistosomia...

Professor Frederic Meunier (NHMRC SRF)

A focus of Professor Frederic Meunier’s laboratory is to understand molecular interactions underlying infectious processes to find new ways of counteracting the devastating effect of neurotropic agents on the nervous system (tetanus and botuli...

Professor Anton Middelberg

Professor Anton Middelberg and his research group are taking significant steps in learning how to engineer new systems for vaccine engineering and novel sustainable “green” materials, including biosurfactants. The work into new l...

Dr John Miles (NHMRC CDF)

Dr John Miles is Team Head of the Human Immunity Laboratory at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. His research is focused on the cellular immune processes which determine the host's response to infectious disease, cancer and inno...

Professor Michael Monteiro

Professor Michael Monteiro has established an international reputation in the field of “living” radical polymerization to create complex polymer architectures. He is now building designer polymers for various biomedical applicati...

Professor Mark Morrison

Mark Morrison’s research interests are to translate genomic and metagenomic datasets into a sound biological framework, producing novel diagnostic, organismal, and enzyme-based technologies. This includes the isolation of “new&rd...

Dr Peter Michael Moyle

Dr Peter Moyle works in chemical biology, where chemical synthesis is used to produce tools to study or manipulate biological systems, and drug discovery. His research focuses on the combination of synthetic, recombinant, and naturally occur...

Dr Michael Nissen

Dr Michael Nissen has strong interests in paediatric infectious diseases. In particular, Dr Nissen is interested in the characterisation and epidemiology of novel viruses, such as the human polyonmavirus and picornavirus-like viruses.

Professor David Paterson

Professor David Paterson is a Professor of Medicine and Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, Consultant Microbiologist and Medical Advisor for the Centre for Healthcare Related Infection Surveillance and Prevention (CHRISP). His researc...

Associate Professor Simon Phipps (ARC Future Fellow)

Associate Professor Simon Phipps is researching the innate immune processes that underlie allergic asthma, emphysema, and bronchiolitis. He is examining the relationship between the activation of innate pattern recognition receptors and the ...

Professor Mark Ragan

Professor Mark Ragan’s research makes inferences about how genomes, gene, and protein families, regulatory networks, and cellular functions have evolved and diversified. Using advanced bioinformatic and computational analyses, he aims ...

Dr. David Reid (NHMRC Practitioner)

Dr. David Reid is a respiratory physician with research interests in bacterial respiratory infections. He is currently focused on examining the contribution of specific virulence factors to the pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, ...

Dr Simone Reynolds

Dr Simone Reynolds is an Early Career Research Fellow in the Scabies Lab at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Her research focuses on characterising proteases of the parasitic skin mite Sarcoptes scabiei in order to identify targets...

Professor Jason Roberts (NHMRC Practitioner Fellow)

Prof Jason Roberts is a consultant clinical pharmacist with a strong interest in improving outcomes for infected difficult to treat patients. He has a strong interest in clinical and research mentoring and enjoys the opportunity to interact ...

Professor Mark Schembri (NHMRC SRF)

Professor Mark Schembri is the Deputy-Director of the Australian Infectious Disease Research Centre. His research focuses on surface proteins that mediate mechanisms used by bacteria to initiate disease. In particular, Professor Sche...

Associate Professor Gary Schenk (ARC Future Fellow)

  Associate Professor Gary Schenk is studying the structure, function and mechanism of enzymes, especially those dependent on the presence o...

Dr Kate Schroder (ARC Future Fellow)

Dr Kate Schroder’s research centres on the interactions between host and pathogen during the initial stages of infection and the development of inflammation. She is focusing on inflammasomes, which are molecular complexes formed in res...

Dr Ben Schulz (NHMRC CDF)

Dr Ben Schulz’s research focuses on the mechanisms and biological roles of glycosylation. Glycosylation is the most abundant and complex post-translational modification of proteins and is essential for protein folding, fine-tuning prot...

Dr Kirsty Short (CJ Martin Post-doctoral fellowship)

My research focuses on the pathogenesis of influenza virus. Specifically, I am interested in understanding i) How influenza virus damages the lung during infection ii) Why asthmatics are susceptible to severe influenza infect...

Dr Hanna Sidjabat

Dr Hanna Sidjabhat is researching antimicrobial resistance mechanisms and the molecular patterns, causes and effects of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. She is studying last resort antibiotics used to treat infections by multidrug...

Professor Theo Sloots

Professor Theo Sloots’ research interests lie in the molecular microbiology and epidemiology of respiratory infections in children. He seeks to identify novel viruses and understand the mechanism of bacterial infections in children wit...

Professor Peter Sly (NHMRC SPRF)

Professor Peter Sly is recognized internationally in the area of Children’s Environmental Health. He currently directs the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on Children’s Environmental Health, located in Perth; is on the Advisory Board for a long standing WHO – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Collaborative Agreement; is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health; and is an advisor to the WHO, Public Health and Environment Section. Professor Peter Sly is a NH&MRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and a paediatric respiratory physician with extensive research experience in respiratory physiology.

Associate Professor Katryn Stacey (NHMRC SRF)

Dr Kate Stacey’s work focuses on responses to foreign DNA within the cytoplasm of cells. This DNA initiates anti-viral responses, such as cell death, induction of interferon and inflammatory molecules. These responses are impor...

Dr Phillip Stevenson (ARC Future Fellow)

Dr Phillip Stevenson studies persistent viral infections, particularly those caused by herpesviruses. His interests cover anti-viral immunity, viral immune evasion, mouse models and their interface with clinical medicine. His goal is to prev...

Professor Jenny Stow

Professor Jennifer Stow is group leader for protein trafficking in human disease research. The movement of proteins within cells – protein trafficking – is fundamental to life, with trafficking pathways and molecules central to m...

Professor Matthew Sweet (NHMRC SRF)

Professor Matt Sweet studies several families of pattern recognition receptors such as the Toll-like Receptors and Nod-like Receptors used by the body’s innate immune system to sense and respond to danger in the form of infection, cell damage ...

Professor Andreas Suhrbier (NHMRC PRF)

Professor Andreas Suhrbier is head of The Immunovirology Laboratory at QIMR, and is a PRF with the NH&MRC. The group works on various aspects of inflammation, with current projects involving chikungunya virus arthritis, SerpinB2 (aka PAI...

Associate Professor Rohan Teasdale (NHMRC SRF)

Associate Professor Rohan Teasdale’s research aims to identify and characterise new proteins of the endosomal system (a major membrane-sorting apparatus). The trafficking pathways within this system are fundamental for key cellular pro...

Professor Istvan Toth

Professor Istvan Toth is one of the key founders of Alchemia, Implicit Biosciences Pty. Ltd.,

Professor Matt Trau

rofessor Matt Trau is developing a range of nanoscale biosensors as a strategy for disease management. These biosensors include nano-scaled biosensors for epigenetic readout in breast cancer, nano-devices for next-generation protein capture ...

Associate Professor Katharine Trenholme

Associate Professor Katharine Trenholme is a Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. She has a PhD in the field of malaria cell biology from the University...

Professor Claire Wainwright

Professor Claire Wainwright focuses on paediatric respiratory infections, specifically fungal lung diseases in children with cystic fibrosis. A major challenge that faces paediatric care is the long-term outcomes of chronic diseases.

Professor Mark Walker (NHMRC PRF)

Professor Mark Walker is the Director of the Australian Infectious Disease Research Centre. His research focuses on the mechanism by which group A streptococcus (GAS) causes invasive disease, with the aim of developing GAS vaccines. ...

Dr Nick West

  Dr Nick West is committed to understanding the mechanisms by which Mycobacterium tuberculosis causes Tuberculosis (TB). On...

Associate Professor David Whiley (NHMRC CDF)

Associate Professor David Whiley is based at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, The University of Queensland and is also employed as a research scientist at Pathology Queensland. Hi...

Associate Professor Trent Woodruff (ARC Future Fellow)

Associate Professor Trent Woodruff’s research investigates the role of inflammation in disease, and the application of novel therapeutics to treat these conditions. He is specifically interested in components of the innate immune syste...

Dr Michelle Wykes (ARC Future Fellow)

Dr Michelle Wykes studies the mechanisms by which Plasmodium spp, which cause malaria, are able to evade immunity, with a view to developing novel therapeutics. Her recent research has focussed on the Programmed cell death pathway (PD-1) and...

Associate Professor Zhi Ping (Gordon) Xu (ARC Future Fellow)

Associate Professor Gordon Xu is a group leader in Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, UQ. His research interests lie in development of functionalised nanoparticles for target delivery of various therapeutics (antigen...

Dr Stephanie Yerkovich

Dr Stephanie Yerkovich is involved in many collaborative studies and broadly her research interest’s focuses on understanding the mechanisms and immunology associated of post-lung transplant allograft dysfunction and general respiratory immuno...

Dr Hong You (NHMRC ECR)

Dr Hong You is a NHMRC Early Career fellow at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Dr Hong You’s research focuses on isolation and characterization of specific genes as veterinary vaccine can...

Professor Paul Young

Professor Paul Young’s research encompasses the molecular biology and immunopathology of medically important viral infections including Ebola. His current studies focus on two different viruses: dengue virus, a serious mosquito-borne d...