Dr Sarah Giles

Adjunct Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

As a molecular microbiologist and a PC2/OGTR and BC2 laboratory manager, passionate research scientist, and educator, my primary focus is inspiring employees to approach their work with eagerness and curiosity while emphasizing continuous skill development. Throughout my career in science, I have been driven by a lifelong passion for pushing the boundaries of knowledge. I derive great satisfaction from contributing to cutting-edge research and empowering others to build and harness their learning engine. As a humanistic leader, I emphasize creating an inclusive, diverse, safe, and equitable environment. This approach fosters a collaborative atmosphere conducive to breaking new ground in science and engineering. 


2010 - Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

2010 - Bachelor of Science (Major Microbiology, Minor Analytical Chemistry)

2012 - Honours (Molecular Microbiology)

2020 - PhD (Molecular Microbiology)

Honours, awards and grants


2023 - Grant CI $10,000 DVCR seeding grant

2023 - Award Most supportive supervisor

2021 - Grant CI $2800 Royal Society for the Advancement of Science

2020 - Grant $25,000: DVCR seeding grant, funding participant (Post Doc position)

2015 - Grant: $1500 Australian Society of Microbiology BD conference travel grant

2014 - Award: Australian Society of Microbiology student BD award

2014 - Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding support and participation in the 2014 Enrichment Program

2013 - Scholarship $90,000: Flinders University research Scholarship PhD

2012 - Grant: $475,000: NHMRC participant (PhD research position)

2012 - Award: Chancellor's letter of recommendation

Teaching interests

Biological Science; Virology; Biological statistics; Environmental Biotechnology; Micrbiology (Advanced)

Further information

Identification of genes essential for pellicle formation in Acinetobacter baumannii published 2015, Giles, S. Uwe, S. Brown, M.

Giles, S. K., Stroeher, U. H. and Brown, M. H. (2016). Measurement of Intracellular cAMP Levels Using the Cyclic Nucleotide XP Enzymatic Immunoassay Kit in Bacteria. Bio-protocol 6(8): e1792. http://www.bio-protocol.org/e1792