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Dr Susan Ballard

Dr Susan Ballard

Dr Susan Ballard

(03) 8344 8246 | [email protected]

Position:
Section Leader of Molecular Diagnostics, Development and Informatics (MDDI) at the MDU PHL
Theme(s):
Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections
Discipline(s):
Genomics, Public Health
Unit(s):
Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) Public Health Laboratory

Dr Susan Ballard is the Section Leader of Molecular Diagnostics, Development and Informatics (MDDI) at the Melbourne Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory.  Susan leads a team of scientists responsible for the high throughput management of short-read sequencing for public health genomics and molecular testing and identification of reference, outbreak and infection control organisms as a service to the public health community.

  • Key Achievements
    • Susan has a diverse research career that spans the immunochemistry and molecular genetics of Leptospira, public health initiatives such as influenza surveillance and Hand Hygiene Australia, as well as undergraduate teaching in Microbiology. More recently, she has played a key role in the development of research on the epidemiology and mechanisms of vancomycin resistance in enterococci and the clostridia. This has led to significant publications demonstrating the role of anaerobic bowel flora in the de-novo emergence of vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE).