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.

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 (H...

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 ...

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.

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

Dr Seweryn Bialasiewicz

Dr. Bialasiewicz has been a translational microbiologist within Queensland Health for over 15 years and is currently the Senior Research Scientist within the Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory.

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 disea...

Dr Mark Blaskovich

Dr. Mark Blaskovich is a Principal Investigator and Program Coordinator for the Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery

Associate Professor Antje Blumenthal

Associate Professor Antje Blumenthal heads the Infection and Inflammation Group at The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute located at the Translational Research Institute. H...

Professor Scott Burrows (NHMRC PRF)

Professor Scott Burrows is Group Leader of the Cellular Immunology Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. His interest...

Associate Professor Mark Butler

Associate Professor 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.

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.

Professor Anders Cervin

Professor Cervin completed his medical degree at Lund University, Sweden and undertook specialist training at Lund University hospital. He has been a recipient of the Garnett Passe an...

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 o...

Associate Professor Julia Clark

Associate Professor Julia Clark is a Paediatric Infectious Disease Specialist in Childrens Health Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and is Director of Infectious Disease, Immunology/Allergy and Rheumatology.

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 a...

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 a...

Associate Professor 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).

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 hospita...

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/...

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 th...

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.

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 leis...

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 gen...

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 therape...

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 developme...

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...

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 rese...

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 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 ...

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, m...

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 ...

Associate Professor Ashraful Haque (NHMRC CDF)

Assoc Prof 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, a...

Associate Professor David Harrich

Associate Professor David Harrich is Group Leader of HIV and Molecular Virology at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. His research focus is the discovery of key viral or cellu...

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 leve...

Dr Sumaira Hasnain

Dr Sumaira Hasnain is a Senior Research Fellow at Mater Research and leads the Immuno...

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...

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 entom...

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.

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. Sulfu...

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 harmfu...

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 ...

Timothy Kidd (NHMRC ECR)

Dr Timothy Kidd is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at The University of Queensland. His research focuses on Klebsiella pneumoniae infection biology and antimicrobial resistance, as well ...

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 i...

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 A...

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 path...

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 dosa...

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 infecte...

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.

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 profession...

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.

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 inv...

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.

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 b...

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 n...

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.

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 nervo...

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 b...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 a...

Dr Natalie Prow

Dr Prow is an Advance Queensland Research Fellow at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Her research interests are developing novel interventions against viral infections, part...

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 a...

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 fact...

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 parasiti...

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 ...

Associate Professor Katharina Ronacher

Katharina obtained her basic research training from the University of Vienna, Austria, and spent over 10 years studying infectious diseases in South Africa. She has worked alongside G...

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 ...

Professor Gary Schenk (ARC Future Fellow)

Professor Gary Schenk is studying the structure, function and mechanism of enzymes, especially ...

Associate Professor Luregn Schlapbach

A/Prof Luregn Schlapbach is a paediatric intensivist at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital PICU in Brisbane, and leads the Sepsis, Infection and Inflammation theme at the Paediatric Critical Care Research Group, Mater Rese...

Associate Professor Kate Schroder (ARC Future Fellow)

A/Prof 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...

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 prote...

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...

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 las...

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 unders...

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...

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 t...

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 ...

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 fo...

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 project...

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 pathwa...

Associate Professor Rachel Thomson

Associate Professor Rachel Thomson is a Thoracic Physician and clinician researcher at the Gallipoli Medical Research Institute, University of Queensland. Her focus is on the

Professor Istvan Toth

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

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...

Dr Ella Trembizki

Dr Ella Trembizki is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on molecular diagnostics, antimicrobial resistance surveillance and molecular e...

Associate Professor Katharine Trenholme

Associate Professor Katharine Trenholme is a Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. She has a Ph...

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 c...

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 ...

Dr Timothy Wells

Dr Timothy Wells joined the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute in 2016 as a Senior Research Fellow in Human Microbiota Research. His rese...

Dr Nick West

 Dr Nick West is committed to understanding the mechanisms by which Mycobacterium tuberculosi...

Associate Professor David Whiley (NHMRC CDF)

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

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 specif...

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 ha...

Professor Zhi Ping (Gordon) Xu (UQ VC Senior Research Fellow)

Professor Gordon Xu is a senior group leader in Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, UQ. His research interests lie in development of functionalised nanoparticl...

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 a...

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 ch...

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 d...