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Associate Professor Deborah Williamson


Associate Professor Deborah Williamson is a Clinical Microbiologist and Deputy Director of the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL). She is also a Laboratory Head in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Deborah is involved in the delivery of specialist public health laboratory services, and in the diagnosis and surveillance of communicable diseases. Her research interests include the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of infections caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens, and the translation of genomic technologies to questions of public health importance.

  • Key Achievements
    • Deborah is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. She completed her medical microbiology training in New Zealand, and was awarded a PhD from the University of Auckland. In 2015, she was appointed Deputy Director of MDU PHL, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 2018. Deborah has been the recipient of several research awards, including the University of Auckland Vice Chancellor’s Prize for best Doctoral Thesis (2016), and a L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship (2017). She has served on numerous national advisory groups and committees, and has been an invited speaker at both national and international research symposia and conferences. 

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    Research Groups
    • Williamson group

      The Williamson group was established within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne with a focus on the science of applied microbial genomics to public health microbiology. Their research interests include the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of infections caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens, particularly sexually-transmitted infections, and the translation of genomic technologies to questions of public health importance.


      Lab Team

      Williamson group

      • Dr Danielle Ingle
        Postdoctoral Research Fellow
      • Dr Melinda Ashcroft
        Postdoctoral Research Fellow
      • George Taiora
        Research Fellow
      • Darren Lee Yeu Jyn
        Research Support Officer
      • Yi Wei Lee
        Research Support Officer
      • Cheryll Sia
        PhD Student
      • Yi Nong
        PhD Student
      • Sigrid Lange
        Technical Assistant
      • Joshua Peng
        Honours Student

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