Associate Professor Peter Speck

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (328)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
After completion of a PhD in latency of herpes simplex virus, at the University of Adelaide, I undertook post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Cambridge and at Northwestern University in Chicago.  In 2001 I returned to Australia to continue herpesvirus-related research at the Inst. of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide.  In July 2007 I accepted an offer to move to Flinders University.
PhD in pathogenesis of herpes simplex virus, University of Adelaide, 1993
BSc (Hons, first class), genetics of wheat and rye, University of Adelaide, 1988.
BSc, University of Adelaide, 1987.
Honours, awards and grants

Recipient of an Australian Federal Government Office of Teaching and Learning Citation Award, worth $10,000, in 2012:

"For inspiring student learning through design and delivery of an engaging, interactive virology program that demonstrates the immense relevance and importance of viruses"

Awarded Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology (FASM), 2015.

Key responsibilities
For maintaining and building a high profile for microbiology, in particular, virology, teaching and research at Flinders University.
Research expertise
Medical microbiology
Research interests

Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. A strong potential alternative is bacteriophages -"phages" -viruses that infect bacteria. In collaboration with US/Australian company AmpliPhi Biosciences, I am pursuing the use of phages as a treatment for bacterial infections in a number of important medical settings:

-chronic rhinosinusitis: a human trial of this technology commenced in January 2016, in collaboration with ENT surgeon/scientist Prof. PJ Wormald

-diabetic foot ulcer infections

-nasal Staphylococcus aureus decolonization.

I collaborate with the US Army Medical Research Materiel Command to introduce phages into their Combat Wound Infection Control Program.

Teaching interests

I want students to share my passion and enthusiasm for microbiology, and in particular, virology.

Students have recognised the value of studying BIOL2761 Virology through the ever increasing enrolments, which have increased over 500% in the period 2009-2016.

Topic coordinator
BIOL2761 Virology
Topic lecturer
BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life
BIOL2722 Disease and Immunology
MMED3939 Medical virology, immunology and immunopathogenesis
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Bacteriophage therapy (1)
Expert for media contact
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Media expertise
  • Vaccination
  • Viruses

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