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Peter Timms

Peter Timms

University of the Sunshine Coast


Peter Timms obtained his PhD in molecular microbiology from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1989. After 20+ years working at QUT (Brisbane) he moved to the University of the Sunshine Coast, in 2014 where he is Professor of Microbiology. He has spent over 25 years working on all aspects of Chlamydia, in humans and animals (koalas). His team has made major discoveries in chlamydial genomics, evolution, vaccine development and basic mechanisms of pathogenesis. He has published over 240 papers

Research Interest

He leads a well established research team of 10 people. His research group is developing vaccines and new diagnostics for chlamydial diseases in humans and animals as well as an improved understanding of chlamydial genomics, cell biology and pathogenicity. The group is widely acknowledged for its major contributions to chlamydial infections in koalas and other wildlife, including the development of a vaccine for koalas.