Associate Professor Katharina Ronacher

Honorary Associate Professor

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine


Katharina Ronacher obtained an MSc degree from the University of Vienna (Austria), followed by a PhD degree from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). After her post-doctoral training she worked together with Gerhard Walzl on biomarkers for TB treatment response and started her own research group at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), where she held a position for over ten years.

She now heads the Infection, Immunity and Metabolism group at the Mater Research Institute – University of Queensland.

Katharina’s research investigates the underlying immunological mechanisms of the increased risk of tuberculosis in patients with type 2 diabetes for which she received a 5 year NIH R01 grant. She continues to hold an appointment as Extraordinary Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University.


  • Ugarte-Gil, Cesar, Alisjahbana, Bachti, Ronacher, Katharina, Riza, Anca Lelia, Koesoemadinata, Raspati C., Malherbe, Stephanus T., Cioboata, Ramona, Llontop, Juan Carlos, Kleynhans, Leanie, Lopez, Sonia, Santoso, Prayudi, Marius, Ciontea, Villaizan, Katerine, Ruslami, Rovina, Walzl, Gerhard, Panduru, Nicolae Mircea, Dockrell, Hazel M., Hill, Philip C., Mc Allister, Susan, Pearson, Fiona, Moore, David A. J, Critchley, Julia A., van Crevel, Reinout and TANDEM Consortium (2019) Diabetes mellitus among pulmonary tuberculosis patients from four TB-endemic countries: the TANDEM study. Clinical Infectious Diseases, . doi:10.1093/cid/ciz284

  • Huangfu, P., Laurence, Y. V., Alisjahbana, B., Ugarte-Gil, C., Riza, A-L., Walzl, G., Ruslami, R., Moore, D. A. J., Ioana, M.., McAllister, S., Ronacher, K., Koesoemadinata, R. C., Grint, D., Kerry, S., Coronel, J., Malherbe, S. T., Griffiths, U., Dockrell, H. M., Hill, P. C., van Crevel, R., Pearson, F. and Critchley, J. A. (2019) Point of care HbA1c level for diabetes mellitus management and its accuracy among tuberculosis patients: a study in four countries. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 23 3: 283-292. doi:10.5588/ijtld.18.0359

  • Roy Chowdhury, Roshni, Vallania, Francesco, Yang, Qianting, Lopez Angel, Cesar Joel, Darboe, Fatoumatta, Penn-Nicholson, Adam, Rozot, Virginie, Nemes, Elisa, Malherbe, Stephanus T., Ronacher, Katharina, Walzl, Gerhard, Hanekom, Willem, Davis, Mark M., Winter, Jill, Chen, Xinchun, Scriba, Thomas J., Khatri, Purvesh and Chien, Yueh-hsiu (2018) Erratum to: A multi-cohort study of the immune factors associated with M. tuberculosis infection outcomes (Nature, (2018), 560, 7720, (644-648), 10.1038/s41586-018-0439-x). Nature, 564 7734: E5-E5. doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0635-8

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Book Chapter

  • Ronacher, Katharina, Djoba-Siawaya, Joel Fleury and Walzl, Gerhard (2011). Cytokines in pulmonary tuberculosis. In Cytokines (pp. 123-138) : CRC Press.

  • Ronacher, Katharina , Djoba-Siawaya, Joel Fleury and Walzl, Gerhard (2011). Cytokines in pulmonary tuberculosis. In Victor R. Preedy and Ross Hunter (Ed.), Cytokines (pp. 123-137) Boca Raton, Florida, United States: CRC Press.

Journal Article