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.
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.
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.
Chair, National Scientific Advisory Committee, Virology Division, Australian Society for Microbiology, 2012-2014
Secretary, Australasian Society for Virology.
As Secretary of AVS I have initiated and driven a push to bring this society together with other professional societies, such as the Australian Society for Microbiology, the Australian Society for Immunology, the Australian Society for Clinical Immunology and Alllergy, the Australasian Society for Antimicrobials, and the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases, on key issues of policy and public advocacy. Together this umbrella group represents over 5000 scientists and clinicians. This group has made numerous public statements and representations to government on matters such as antimicrobial policy and vaccination.
Chair, Local Organizing Committee, Australasian Society for Virology Biennial Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, December 2017. Member, Local Organizing Committee, Australasian Society for Virology Biennial Scientific Meeting, Queenstown NZ, December 2019.