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Dr Shivani Pasricha

Dr Shivani Pasricha is a postdoctoral fellow and the lab manager of Assoc. Prof Deborah Williamson’s laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. She is part of a team that uses genomic approaches to improve the surveillance and diagnostics of antimicrobial resistant pathogens. Her specific research interests include understanding the dissemination dynamics of sexually transmitted infections and using metagenomics to answer questions of clinical importance.

  • Key Achievements
    • Shivani was awarded her PhD from the Genetics Department at the University of Melbourne. During her candidature, Shivani published several first author research articles and received multiple travel scholarships. The objective of her PhD was to identify differences between nonpathogenic and pathogenic growth forms of the fungus, Talaromyces marneffei using multi-omic approaches. In 2014, Shivani was appointed as the Head of the Legionella research node within Prof. Elizabeth Hartland’s laboratory. In this role she supervised three PhD students to completion and received the University of Melbourne ECR Research Grant (2016), Lorne Infection and Immunity conference career development award (2017) and the Next Big Idea Pitch award from the Hudson Institute (2018). Shivani has served on numerous advisory groups and committees and has presented her research at both national and international research 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

      • Postdoctoral Fellow and Lab Manager
      • Dr Danielle Ingle
        Postdoctoral Research Fellow
      • Postdoctoral Research Officer (Bioinformatics)
      • George Taiora
        Postdoctoral Research Fellow
      • Socheata Chea
        Research Support Officer
      • Joshua Peng
        Technical Assistant, MDU
      • Cheryll Sia
        PhD Student
      • Emily Sotheran
        PhD Student
      • Sigrid Lange
        PhD Student
      • Yi Nong
        PhD Student
      • Darren Lee Yeu Jyn
        Honours Student/Research Assistant
      • Mona Lisa Taouk
        Honours Student