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.


Dianna Hocking, Research Officer
Ji Yang, Senior Research Officer


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.

Research Projects

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Head of Laboratory Professor Roy Robins-Browne

Department / Centre

Microbiology and Immunology

Unit / Centre

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

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