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Dr Rosemarie Sadsad

Dr Rosemarie Sadsad Dr Rosemarie Sadsad is a computer/biomedical engineer and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology – Public Health.

Rosemarie completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales. Her research interests include health care informatics and complex systems simulation.

Dr Elena Martinez

Dr Elena MartinezDr Elena Martinez graduated as a clinical biochemist from the University of Uruguay, where she developed particular research interest in mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in gram negative bacteria. This interest led her to post-graduate studies at the University of Technology Sydney, where she investigated antibiotic resistance modules in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

After earning her PhD at UTS in 2013, Elena joined the CRE in the Tuberculosis team as postdoctoral researcher. She is based at the NSW Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory at the Centre of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Westmead Hospital.

Dr Rebecca Rockett

Dr Rebecca RockettAfter completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland, Rebecca worked in numerous national and international virology reference laboratories, including the HIV Reference Laboratory, SydPath, Enteric Virus Unit, Public Health England and the South London Specialist Virology Centre, Kings College Hospital. Rebecca returned to Australia and commenced her PhD studies at the Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory, characterising the biology and pathogenesis of newly described human polyomaviruses. These emerging viruses were uncovered using Next Generation Sequencing techniques which lead to Rebecca’s keen interest in pathogen genomics, particularly optimising methodologies to characterise fastidious agents.

Currently the use of genomics to characterise pathogens is limited by the ability to isolate pure pathogen nucleic acid, usually after solid medium culture. In addition a growing number of infectious agents are diagnosed using nucleic acid amplification techniques (NAAT), these specimen are not suitable for laboratory culture. Rebecca’s current project aims to develop genomics capability directly from clinical specimens. This will enable public health laboratories to utilise NAAT specimens, to examine and monitor genomic markers of antibiotic resistance, transmission and vaccine escape.

Dr Verlaine Timms

Dr Verlaine TimmsVerlaine studied Microbiology at the University of NSW before working overseas as a clinical scientist for the Public Health Laboratory Service (UK), Leeds General Infirmary (UK) and Statens Serum Institute (Denmark) researching the gastric bacterium Helicobacter pylori. She returned to the University of NSW for her PhD in Medical Microbiology on pathogenic Mycobacterial sp. Here she developed an interest in fastidious bacteria and the interplay between humans and the pathogens that have challenged us for centuries. Her current project on the re-emergence of pathogenic Bordetella sp. extends this interest and she hopes to gain more insight into this group using whole genome sequencing techniques. In particular, Verlaine is interested in how this pathogen is evading current vaccination strategies and how other Bordetella sp. are contributing to pertussis outbreaks.

Mrs Lou Orszulak

Lou Orszulak, Project Officer, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology-Public Health Lou Orszulak is the Project Manager for Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology-Public Health (CIDM-PH), and is involved in the promotion and management of the CIDM-PH education, research and development program.

Lou has been employed by Western Sydney Local Health District since 2000, and during that time, her background in Business Administration has seen her involved in a number of successful quality and clinical practice improvement projects within NSW Health.

 

 

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