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Dr Michelle Wille

Dr Michelle Wille

Dr Michelle Wille

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Honorary Postdoctoral Researcher
Viral Infectious Diseases, Bacterial and Parasitic Infections, Influenza
Discovery Research, Computational Science and Genomics
The University of Melbourne
Lab Group(s):
Stinear Group, Howden Group

Dr Michelle Wille's primary research focus is the dynamics of wild bird viruses: the ecology and evolution of influenza A viruses in waterfowl, shorebirds and seabirds, which utilise a range of migratory strategies to disseminate viruses. She is currently working on the dynamics of avian influenza in in Australia and Antarctica through detection, isolation and characterisation of viruses, but also using serology. Beyond influenza A, she is starting to assess viromes in wild birds, with a particular interest in ecological drivers of observed patterns. Current projects are being undertaken in collaboration with Aeron Hurt at WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza, Marcel Klaassen at Deakin University and Edward Holmes at University of Sydney.

  • Key Achievements
    • Key achievements

      Michelle has been working with influenza A in wild bird systems since 2008 in Canada, Sweden and Australia, with stays at institutions in the USA, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. To date, she has published over 40 publications and have presented at a number of national and international conferences.

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    Research Groups
    • Stinear Group

      Tim Stinear’s group’s research addresses priorities across four connected themes that including hospital superbugs, pathogenic mycobacteria, natural product discovery and public health genomics that aim to understand and contain the spread of bacteria causing serious human disease. 

      Lab Team

      Stinear Group

      • Laboratory Head and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mycobacterium ulcerans
      • Postdoctoral Researcher
      • Senior Researcher
      • Infectious Diseases Physician | Medical Education Consultant | PhD Candidate
      • Research Fellow
      • Jessica Porter
        Research Assistant
      • Kirstie Mangas
        PhD Candidate
      • Andrew Buultjens
        PhD Candidate
    • Howden Group

      Research from Professor Ben Howden’s group uses genomics, molecular biology, epidemiology and clinical studies to address a broad range of issues related to invasive bacterial diseases in humans, especially those caused by staphylococci, enterococci and other antimicrobial-resistant species. Additionally, working closely with scientists in the MDU PHL, they investigate the epidemiology, evolution and spread of bacterial pathogens of public health significance such as Neisseria gonorrhoea, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella and Salmonella spp., Legionella spp., and carbapenemase-producing gram-negative bacteria.

      Lab Team

      Howden Group