A/Prof Scott Beatson is one of Australia’s leading experts in bacterial pathogen genomics. He holds an NHMRC 2015-2019 Career Development Fellowship entitled “Bacterial Pathogenomics: whole-genome sequencing to investigate infection transmission, pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance” and is a recipient of the 2016 Frank Fenner Award by the Australian Society for Microbiology.
A/Prof Beatson has previously held independent fellowships from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 at Oxford University and the Medical Research Council (UK) at the University of Birmingham. He returned to Australia as an NHMRC Howard Florey Fellow and, with further support from the NHMRC and ARC, he has led a successful research group at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland since 2008. He is a member of the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre and recently joined the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics. His current research focus is the evolution of the globally distributed E. coli ST131 clone and the application of genomics to investigate multidrug resistant “superbug” bacteria in the clinical setting.

1998, MSc (Microbiology), University of Otago
2002, PhD (Genetics), The University of Queensland
2007, MSc (Bioinformatics), University of Manchester (Distance Learning)


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