Sydney ID researcher video series

Meet our exceptional team of Sydney ID researchers who are leading the way in combating infectious diseases and making ground-breaking discoveries

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Infectious diseases across species

Together, we can improve animal welfare, food safety, human nutrition, and people's livelihoods in developed and developing countries in our region and around the globe
Prof Ruth Zadoks

Vaccine development

Our work at Sydney ID provides foundational research to develop more powerful vaccines specifically designed to protect our vulnerable loved ones
Dr Kerrie Sandgren


Fish farming - or aquaculture - is one of the fastest growing food production sectors on the planet and plays a pivotal role in global food security
Dr Francisca Samsing

Understanding health information

Our research helps to contain disease outbreaks quickly and effectively by communicating the best possible information to populations at risk
Professor Kirsten McCaffery

Community engagement

Our research focuses on supporting affected communities to have a powerful voice
Assoc Professor Sarah Bernays

Virus evolution

Viruses are among the most diverse organisms on the planet, and they may have been around since the beginning of life itself.
Dr Mary Petrone


Viruses have learned to become masters at manipulating our cells during an infection. By studying viruses, we can learn their tricks and harness them for our own benefit.
Dr Megan Steain

Novel Vaccine Technologies

My work focuses on innovative methods, strategies and new technologies to prevent infectious diseases.
Dr Cristyn Davies

Phage therapy

Without novel solutions, antimicrobial resistant infections will be the leading cause of death globally by 2050.
Dr Ameneh Khatami

Saliva testing for safer antibiotics

We have developed pain free tests to measure the concentration of antibiotics in saliva.
Prof Jan-Willem Alffenaar

Lung infection and inflammation

The work I do finds new ways to train or teach our immune system how best to respond to respiratory infections.
Dr Anneliese Ashhurst

Disease outbreaks

Using epidemiology and population health tools, my research group studies how infectious diseases spread from person to person, how to monitor patterns of spread, how we can prevent transmission and control outbreaks.
Assoc Professor Meru Sheel


Tuberculosis is one of the oldest diseases affecting humankind. We need to harness all the modern advances in science and medicine to make it something of the past.
Professor Ben Marais

Inventing better antibiotics

My lab aims to better understand the bacterial cell surface; discover new antibiotics; and train Australia's next generation of bacteriology researchers.
Dr Matthew Doyle

Health literacy

I'm working on tools and strategies to support communities to have access to better health information.
Dr Carissa Bonner

Vaccine uptake

Assuming why people don't vaccinate can lead to the wrong solutions or the wrong messages.
Professor Julie Leask

Landscape epidemiology

We endeavour to protect the health of humans, animals, plants and their broader ecosystems.
Dr Michael Walsh

Neonatal sepsis

I work with clinicians and researchers to try and help infants survive overwhelming multidrug resistant infections.
Dr Phoebe Williams

Emerging infectious diseases

I work on integrating animal, human and ecosystem health to prevent disease spread between animals and humans.
Dr Victoria Brookes

Vaccinating people and animals

How people feel, think and act has a huge impact on how well we can control some diseases.
Dr Kerrie Wiley

Brain infections

The work I do helps watch out for acute respiratory and brain infections in children in Australia.
Assoc Professor Phil Britton

Multipathogen genomics

In my research group, we develop modern genomics and computational tools to keep tabs on hundreds of pathogen species all at the same time.
Dr Tanya Golubchik

Making new vaccines

Our overall mission is to advance the field of vaccine science, strengthen protection against emerging and re-emerging diseases, and ultimately save lives.
Professor Jamie Triccas


Fungi cause more deaths each year than malaria, and almost as many as tuberculosis.
Assoc Professor Justin Beardsley

Virus hunters

My team and I are virus hunters: using genetic sequencing to find and track the viruses that live across the boundaries of human and animal health.
Dr John-Sebastian Eden


The genetic code of a pathogen allows us to understand a lot about the bug, its ancestry, and how it's infecting people.
Dr Rebecca Rockett