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Associate Professor Norelle Sherry

Associate Professor Norelle Sherry

Associate Professor Norelle Sherry

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Deputy Director, Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory
Antimicrobial Resistance, Public Health
Computational Science and Genomics, Public Health, Clinical and health systems research
The University of Melbourne, Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI) , Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) Public Health Laboratory
Lab Group(s):
Howden Group

A/Prof Norelle Sherry is a medical microbiologist and infectious diseases physician, and Deputy Director of the MDU Public Health Laboratory. She is the co-lead of the Laboratory and Surveillance Stream of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance at the Doherty Institute, and co-lead of the Doherty Antimicrobial Resistance Theme. She is also a clinician-researcher working in antimicrobial resistance, genomics implementation and public health microbiology in the Howden lab group.

  • Key Achievements
    • Lead of the paradigm-shifting 'Controlling Superbugs' studies (2017-2018 and 2022-2023) on genomics implementation for hospital infection control.

      Studies in public health microbiology, including carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales (CPE), and development of validated and accredited workflows for genomic AMR and TB AMR have impacted public health practice locally and beyond.

      Deputy Chair of Communicable Diseases Genomics Network (CDGN), Australia/New Zealand and co-chair of the CDGN Variants of Concern Working Group, with significant inputs into COVID genomics in Victoria and nationally.

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    Research Groups
    • Howden Group

      Research from Professor Ben Howden’s group research 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

      • Director Of Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) Public Health Laboratory
      • Deputy Director, Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory
      • Senior Researcher
      • Computational Microbiologist, Bioinformatician
      • Dr Romain Guerillot
      • Dr Natasha Holmes
      • Dr Anders Gonçalves da Silva
      • Dr Kyra Chua
      • Wei Gao
      • Dr Jason Kwong
      • Sarah Baines
      • Dr Jean Lee
      • Dr Stefano Giulieri
      • Eloise Alison
      • Dr Andre Mu
        Research Officer
      • Robyn Lee
        Research Fellow