ASM - Western Australia


2017/18 Vacation Scholarship Award Winners Reports

Hannah Grieg and Sarah Negus won the 2017/18 ASM Summer Vacation Scholarships. Click through below to read their reports on their winning research projects:


Sarah Negus (supervised by Mitali Sarkar-Tyson): Uncovering virulence related secondary metabolites in the human pathogen Talaromyces marneffei


Hannah Grieg (supervised by Allison Imrie): Tropism of a novel alphavirus

ASM WA Newsletter, August 2018 edition

The August 2018 edition of our newsletter is available for download here. 

WA Members at ASM 2018 in Brisbane

There was a great turnout from WA at this year's ASM meeting in Brisbane. Here are a few photos of our locals giving talks and presenting posters, and Nicole Bzdyl with her Nancy Millis ASM Student Award. Head over to Twitter and search #2018ASM to see the fantastic coverage by ASM's social media ambassadors.


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 2018 Student travel award winners

This year six applicants were shortlisted for consideration for student travel awards to attend ASM 2018 in Brisbane. All students presented their fantastic talks at a competition night, and the winners were:

ASM Nancy Millis Student Award (formerly BD Travel Award): Nicole Bzdyl, University of Western Australia.

Title: "Folding your way to greater pathogenicity; the role of cyclophilins in Burkholderia pseudomallei virulence"

Nancy Millis ASM Branch Travel Award: Stacey Hong, University of Western Australia.

Title: "Phenotypic and genotypic characterisation of ribotype 251 strains of Clostridium difficile causing severe disease in the Australian community"

Congratulations Nicole and Stacey!

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 March 2018 Newsletter

The March 2018 edition of our newsletter is available for download here.


 2017/18 Student Vacation Scholarships

We received eight applications for Vacation Scholarships in 2017. These provide an allowance for undergrad and Masters students to experience working in a microbiology laboratory over the summer months.

Two scholarships were awarded in 2017:
Hannah Grieg “Tropism and risk of human infection of novel alphavirus” with Assoc/Prof Allison Imrie, UWA
Sarah Negus “Uncovering the biosynthesis of siderophores and its role in virulence of the human fungal pathogen Talaromyces marneffei” with Dr Mitali Sarkar-Tyson, UWA

Congratulations Hannah and Sarah!

 City Dinner 2018

Professor Matthew Holden (University of St Andrews, Scotland) stopped off in Perth in February to present “Up close and personal - using genomics to investigate the micro-epidemiology of infections) before heading to Brisbane for the Australian Society for Antimicrobials’ Annual Scientific Meeting. A fabulous talk and dinner were enjoyed by all.




Prof Holden with Prof Tom Riley

 2017 Quiz Night - $5000 raised!

Our Annual Quiz Night took place in November 2017 at Perth Soccer Club. As usual, competition was fierce under Quiz Master Dr Michael Leung’s supervision.

Thanks to sell-out ticket sales and sponsorship from Abacus ALS, Gene TargetSolutions, Alere, Hurst Scientific, Alma Scientific, Illumina, bioMerieux, Integrated Sciences, Blackaby Diagnostics, Interpath Services, Bunzl, In Vitro Technologies, Capella Science, LMG Scientific Services, Cepheid, Pathtech, CSIRO Publishing, DG Air, Qiagen, DiaSorin, RCPA Microbiology QAP, Don Whitley Scientific, SpeeDx, ELITechGroup, Sysmex, Fisher Biotec, Techno Plas, Genetic Signatures and Thermo Fisher we raised a record amount of over $5000 to fund travel awards and events for our members.

 2017 Quiz Night

Our annual fundraising Quiz Night will take place on Tuesday November 14 at the Perth Soccer Club. As usual, tables of maximum 8 people will be accepted, with tickets at $15 per person, which will include entry into the raffle and all games. You are welcome to bring your own food to share at your tables but drinks must be purchased from the bar. Tickets will be available soon from your local committee member. 

Quiz night 2017


 Student award winners

Congratulations to our student award winners! It's great to see so much diverse and interesting work happening locally. Good luck to our travel award winners at the Annual Scientific Meeting in July!

BD Travel Award for WA – Shakeel Mowlaboccus

Whole-genome Sequencing Reveals a New Cluster of Penicillin-resistant Serogroup W Neisseria meningitidis in Western Australia

WA Branch Travel Award – Su Chen Lim

Antimicrobial susceptibility of Clostridium difficile isolates from food, compost and lawn, collected in Western Australia from 2015 to 2016

2016/17 Vacation Scholarships:
Clare Moran (UWA) – Experimental validation of the effects of commercially available anti-viral inhibitors using Zika virus monocyte cell infection models.
Leah Rankine-Wilson (UWA) – Cloning the mcr-1 gene from Escherichia coli
Katherine Middleton (UWA) – Human and avian cell tropism of novel Alphavirus isolated from Culex annulirostris mosquitoes in the Kimberley, Western Australia

Curtin University top final year Microbiology student in the Laboratory Medicine course – Cindy Duong 

City Dinner 2017

The 2017 City Dinner will take place on February 27 at 6:00PM at the University Club of WA. This year's speaker will be Paal Skytt Anderson from the Statens Serum Institute. Tickets include a three course dinner and wine. Tickets are now available at This event always sells out so make sure to book early.

2017 City Dinner



Student travel awards applications are now open

Applications for the BD and Branch travel awards are now open. These awards finance students to attend the 2017 ASM Annual Scientific Meeting in Hobart from 2-5 July. Students are strongly encouraged to apply. More information is available here.

 Travel Awards 2017



Quiz Night is back!

Quiz night 2016




Vacation scholarship applications are now open

Students are invited to apply for summer vacation scholarships for the 2016/17 summer period. More information is available here.




Congratulations to our WA award winners in 2016!

 At the Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth in July 2016 we had two award winners from WA:

  • Dr David Smith – Lyn Gilbert award
  • Mr Daniel Knight – BD ASM Student Travel Award - WA

Congratulations to the recipients of student awards in UWA and Curtin University:

  • Ms Lauren Savage – Highest aggregate mark in Microbiology – UWA
  • Ms Virginia Hilpipre – Highest mark in final year Microbiology, Laboratory Medicine degree – Curtin University

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Daniel Knight presenting in the BD Award session at ASM 2016

 SAVE THE DATE: Tri-State 2017 and Parasitology Masterclass

22-25 September, Darwin.

Tri State 2017 Save the Date flyer



Calling for Social Media Ambassadors!


You can engage with microbiology more broadly through social media for the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM):

ASM’s Communication Ambassador program is always looking for new participants to take over ASM’s social media channels.

Our Communication Ambassadors are in charge of ASM’s online channels while engaging in science communication with scientists, industry, media members, and policy makers.  Ambassadors greatly expand their professional networks and receive discounted conference registrations.

Applications close 31 March each year – join us and find out more! 

ASM Videos from Canberra 2015

Below are videos of ASM members explaining the importance of microbiology to society and why you should join the ASM. Enjoy! 


Congratulations to our WA award recipients!

At the recent ASM meeting in Canberra 2015, A/Professor Charlene Kahler (UWA) was honoured with Fellowship of the ASM.

Dr Megan Lloyd (WA) received the ASM Teacher's Travel award.

The student travel awards went to Mr Shakeel Mowlaboccus (UWA, ASM Clinical Microbiology Travel Award) and Ms Lucy Furfaro (UWA, BD ASM Student Travel Award).

Congratulations to you all on these well-deserved honours! 

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From left: WA Committee member Jane Bew, WA Committee chair Fiona Daga, Dr Megan Lloyd, A/Prof Charlene Kahler, Shakeel Mowlaboccus, Lucy Furfaro.