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Associate Professor Ronan O'Toole Associate Professor - Biomedical Science, Pharmacy & Biomedical Sci

My main research interest is the use of genomics to track the spread of infectious disease and the acquisition of antibiotic resistance by human pathogens. Specific projects include investigations into the relationship between Mycobacterium tuberculosis phylogeny and TB transmission, disease manifestations, and treatment outcomes. Further research examines the origin of healthcare-associated infections such as vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and the dynamics of epidemiological clusters and outbreaks. We are also using genomics in characterising the role of Haemophilus influenzae in acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). My work has received funding from organisations that include: the Health Research Council of New Zealand; Wellington Medical Research Foundation; Science Foundation Ireland; Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation; Tasmanian Community Fund.

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