Robins-Browne laboratory: Medical bacteriology, pathogenesis, bacterial genetics, therapeutics

Research Overview

Research in Roy's laboratory is partly focused on how E. coli causes diarrhoea, with the aims of identifying better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent these infections. Another theme is the development of new types of antibacterial agents.

Roy's major research interests are the genetic and molecular basis of pathogenesis of bacterial infections, in particular those caused by the varieties E. coli that cause diarrhoea.  Roy has co-authored around 300 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on these and related topics, and together with his collaborators has been the recipient of more than $35 million in competitive grant funding. Roy has supervised more than 40 BSc Hons student and more than 20 PhD Students to completion. Apart from his research interests, Roy has a strong commitment to medical education, having co-ordinated and taught courses in medical microbiology to medical and science students for more than 35 years.

Staff

Dr Ji Yang, Senior Research Officer
Dr Marija Tauschek, Senior Research Officer
Dr Dianna Hocking, Research Officer
Ms Danielle Ingle, PhD student
Ms Jayne Manning, PhD student
Ms Sutthirut Srisuwan, Visiting PhD student
Ms Carla Hodson, M Phil student
Ms Rachel Pascoe, M Biomed Sci student
Mr Wayne Zheng, UROP student

Funding

Funding for our research comes mainly from grants awarded by the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council. We also have research contracts with the University of Maryland, Polyactiva, the Gates Grand Challenges in Global Health Fund, Water Quality Research Australia and Cochlear Limited.