Kamm Gut Research Group

Research Overview

Professor Michael Kamm leads a team of clinicians and scientists conducting broadly based research which ranges from basic science, through translational to clinical. Clinical programs in gastro intestinal research are undertaken in parallel with laboratory-based research, which aims to improve treatments and elucidate the pathogenesis of gut disorders. The group partners with local, national and international collaborators in healthcare, science and industry. The main research streams are in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis) and functional gastro intestinal disorders.

Gastrointestinal disorders affect at least one quarter of the Australian population, at all ages throughout life. These disorders include benign conditions such as defects affecting the gut in the newborn, childbirth pelvic floor damage, heartburn, abdominal pain, constipation, and incontinence. Other less benign conditions cause gut damage and can be life threatening, such as the inflammatory conditions Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD), and gastrointestinal cancer. Lead by Professor Michael Kamm, the Kamm Research Group conducts studies spanning the pathogenesis and treatment of IBD and its complications, to the multidisciplinary treatment of functional gut disorders.


    Professor Michael Kamm – Gastroenterologist and Group Leader

    Clinical Staff:
    Dr. Chamara Basnayake - Gastroenterologist and PhD Fellow
    Dr. Sasha Fehily - Gastroenterology PhD Fellow
    Dr. Bronte Holt - Gastroenterologist
    Ms. Angela Khera - Physiotherapist
    Ms. Alyson Ross - Research Nurse
    Dr. Julien Schulberg - Gastroenterologist and PhD Fellow
    Ms. Annalise Stanley - Research Nurse
    Dr. Gina Trakman - Research Dietitian
    Dr. Emily Wright - Gastroenterologist

    Scientific Staff:
    Dr. Amy Hamilton - Clinical Scientist
    Dr. Amy Wilson-O’Brien – Clinical Scientist


  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Diamantina Institute at the University of Queensland
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital – Adelaide
  • The Hudson Institute – Monash University
  • AbbVie
  • Prometheus Laboratories - USA
  • Hunter Medical Research Institute - NSW


  • Australasian Gastro Intestinal Research Foundation (AGIRF)
  • St Vincent’s Hospital Foundation
  • The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
  • The Spotlight Foundation
  • Gastro Enterological Society of Australia (GESA)
  • The Continence Foundation of Australia
  • St Vincent’s Hospital
  • University of Melbourne
  • Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund
  • AbbVie
  • Ferring
  • Janssen

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Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Group Leader Professor Michael Kamm

Department / Centre



St Vincent's Hospital

Unit / Centre

Kamm Gut Research Group

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