Deborah Williamson

Research Overview

The Williamson research group focuses on the development and evaluation of new diagnostic tests, and the translation of genomic technologies to infectious diseases. Our research has directly influenced the way microbiology is applied to clinical practice and public health, including responses to antimicrobial resistance, sexually-transmitted pathogens and COVID-19.

Our research interests include the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of infections caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens, particularly sexually-transmitted infections, and the translation of genomic technologies to questions of public health importance.

View Professor Williamson's latest PubMed publications listing here.



Prof Deborah Williamson, Director, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL); Professor of Public Health Microbiology, Department of Infectious Diseases, Melbourne Medical School

Shivani Pasricha, Lab Manager and Research Fellow

Eike Steinig, Research Officer – Bioinformatics

Soo Jen Low, Research Officer – Bioinformatics

Melinda Ashcroft, Research Officer – Bioinformatics

Marilyn Ninan, Research Fellow

George Taiaroa, Research Fellow

Jacqueline Prestedge, Research Program Officer

Socheata Chea, Research Support Officer

Bowen Zhang, Research Support Officer

Mona Taouk, Research Assistant

Sophie Herman, Research Assistant

Yi Nong, PhD Student

Cheryll Sia, PhD Student

Eloise Williams, PhD Student

Franca Azzato, PhD Student

Charlotte Bell, PhD Student


2020 – 2024 NHMRC Investigator Grant ($1,393,588). Applying pathogen genomics to the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance. D Williamson.

2021-2024 MRFF Pathogen Genomics Grant ($6,984,360). META-GP: Delivering a clinical metagenomics platform for Australia. Williamson D

2021-2024 MRFF Pathogen Genomics Grant ($9,999,499). Precision Public Health Pathogen Genomics. Howden B

2018-2022 NHMRC Partnership Project ($1,393,583). An evidence-based framework for establishing public health microbial genomics in Australia. D Williamson, T Seemann, C Fairley, D Ingle, M Kirk, B Howden, J McVernon, T Stinear and N Stephens.

2022-2026 NHMRC Partnership Project ($1,256,040). Novel strategies for improving syphilis testing and control. M Chen, D Williamson, J Hocking, E Chow, M Temple-Smith, J Ong, J Tomnay, C Fairley, L Zhang, J Kaldor.

2020-2024 NHMRC Partnership Grant ($537,855). Developing and implementing an ethical framework for HIV phylogenetic analysis in Australia. Lewin SR, Williamson D, Wright E, Fairley C, Hocking J, Ward J, Keogh L, Crouch S, Alpren C

2020-2021 NHMRC MRFF Grant ($2,699,278). COVID-19 Strategic Planning and Delivery of Testing. Lewin SR, Howden B, Stinear T, Williamson D, Catton M, Monk I, Guerillot R, Lee J, Sherry N, Bond K.

Research Opportunities

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Research Projects

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Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Infectious Diseases

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