The Ecology and Biogeography of Melioidosis

Current research projects are focused on understanding factors responsible for the distribution, persistence and control of B. pseudomallei in our region. We apply both large and small scale phylogenetic tools, molecular and traditional environmental detection/isolation techniques. Isolation and characterization of bacteriophage and bacteriocin producing near-neighbour organisms that could be exploited  for biocontrol strategies, is underway. The context of our work is primarily in the melioidosis-endemic regions of northern Queensland, the Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea.



  • The ecology and biogeography of melioidosis in northern Queensland and Papua New Guinea
  • The bio-control of Burkholderiapseudomallei.