Williamson laboratory: Public health, AMR, epidemiology and microbiology

Research Overview

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Our laboratory has been established within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne with a focus on the science of applied microbial genomics to public health microbiology.

Our research interests include the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of infections caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens, particularly sexually-transmitted infections, and the translation of genomic technologies to questions of public health importance.



Professor Deborah Williamson, Deputy Director MDU PHL, Acting Director of Microbiology RMH, Head of Laboratory

Dr Shivani Pasricha, Postdoctoral Scientist and Lab Manager

Dr Danielle Ingle, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Melinda Ashcroft, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

George Taiaroa, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Socheata Chea, Research Support Officer

Joshua Peng, Technical Assistant, MDU

Cheryll Sia, PhD student

Yi Nong, PhD student

Emily Sotheran, PhD student

Sigrid Lange, PhD student

Darren Lee Yeu Jyn, Honours student/Research Assistant

Mona Lisa Taouk, Honours student


2018-2022 NHMRC Partnership Project. An evidence-based framework for establishing public health microbial genomics in Australia. D Williamson, T Seemann, C Fairley, D Ingle, M Kirk, B Howden, J McVernon, T Stinear and N Stephens.

2018-2020 Project Grants. Using genomics to understand and interrupt transmission of sexually transmitted pathogens in Australia. D Williamson, M Chen, E Chow and M Kirk.

2017-2020 Early Career Fellowships. Understanding, reducing and preventing communicable diseases using applied pathogen genomics. D Williamson.

2017-2019 Project grants. A new genomic frontier for foodborne disease investigation in Australia. D Williamson, N French, M Kirk, B Howden and T Seemann.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to Masters by Research to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Projects

This Research Group doesn't currently have any projects

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Infection & Immunity, Therapeutics & Translation

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Head of Laboratory Professor Deborah Williamson

Department / Centre

Microbiology and Immunology

Unit / Centre

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