A/Prof Scott Beatson
Scott Beatson is an Associate Professor at The University of Queensland and is a member of the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre and the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics. He leads a research group in bacterial genomics in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences. He was awarded a PhD in Genetics from the University of Queensland for his work on Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenesis in 2002 and holds Masters degrees in Microbiology and Bioinformatics from the Universities of Otago and Manchester, respectively. Competitive fellowships from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and MRC (UK) supported his postdoctoral study at the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham, UK, before he returned to Australia in 2006 as an NHMRC Howard Florey Fellow. In 2008 he received an Australian Research Fellowship and is currently the recipient of an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. In 2016 he received the Australian Society for Microbiology Frank Fenner Award. His current research focuses on the evolution and pathogenesis of the globally distributed E. coli ST131 clone and the application of genomics to investigate multidrug resistant bacteria in the clinical setting.