IHMRI affiliation

Theme:Diagnostics and therapeutics
Role:Affiliated Stakeholder Advisory Panel (ASAP)
Level:IHMRI Senior Fellow

Research focus

Associate Professor Martina Sanderson-Smith’s research aims to understand how different bacterial species cause disease, and identify new ways of preventing infection. There are millions of bacterial species, and the majority are not harmful. However, some bacterial species are responsible for causing devastating infection. I special in studying Group A streptoccoccal infection, antimicrobial resistance and innate immune responses to infection.

Publications and funding


  • Australian Society for Microbiology

Other roles

  • Group Leader, Molecular Microbiology Group, UOW
  • 2016-2017: NHMRC Grant Review Panel Member
  • 2016 -present: Editorial board member, Nature Scientific Reports

IHMRI research team

Research fellows

Dr Jody Gorman T: +61 2 4221 3328 | E: jwilton@uow.edu.au

PhD candidates

Jonathan Williams Characterising the role of neutrophils during Group A Streptococcus infection
Heema Vyas Assessing the role of pharyngeal cell surface glycans in Group A Streptococcus biofilm formation
Emma Proctor Characterising the role of M-related protein in Group A Streptococcus virulence
Anuk Indraratna Investigating the interaction between Group A Streptococcus and the human glycome
Tahnee McEwan Investigating the role of host and pathogen factors in Group A Streptococcal skin infection

Honours students

Hayden Page The physiological role(s) of human plasma clusterin bound to pathogenic bacteria
Holly Smith Screening, Identification and Evaluation of Sulphated Algal Oligosaccharides as Bacterial Biofilm Disruptors