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03 May 2021

Emerging leaders in microbiology win ASM awards

Emerging global leaders in microbiology, Doherty Institute researchers Dr Nichollas Scott and Dr Danielle Ingle have been recognised in the 2021 Australian Society for Microbiology awards.

Dr Scott is a laboratory head at the Doherty Institute who’s work focuses on the identification and characterisation of microbial enzymes which chemically link to carbohydrates to proteins.

The goal of his research is to develop approaches to target these enzymes for antimicrobial strategies.

He shared the 2021 Frank Fenner Award with Dr John Atack from Griffith University. The Frank Fenner Award recognises a middle-career researcher for their contribution to microbiological research.

“I am excited to be one of this year’s Frank Fenner recipients. The support of the ASM and the Australian microbiology community at large has been instrumental in my growth as a researcher,” Dr Scott said.

“I hope to continue to give back to the community that has so kindly supported me over the last decade for many years to come.”

Dr Ingle is an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow at the Doherty Institute and was announced at the 2021 joint-winner of the Jim Pittard Award.

The Jim Pittard Award recognises distinguished contributions by early-career scientists in microbiology.

“I am delighted to be one of the recipients of the Jim Pittard along with Dr Jennifer Wood from La Trobe University,” Dr Ingle said.

“Science is a such team effort and I am lucky to have great mentors, collaborators and colleagues. ”

Dr Ingle’s research focus is understanding the evolution, epidemiology and virulence dynamics of enteric bacterial pathogens, such as E.coli, Shigella and salmonella.

She does this through the integrations of rapidly advancing genomic analyses with population modelling, molecular microbiology and epidemiology. This will provide novel conceptual frameworks to better understand these pathogens, and to open up avenues to translate these findings into public health spaces.