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.


  • Malherbe, Stephanus T., Dupont, Patrick, Kant, Ilse, Ahlers, Petri, Kriel, Magdalena, Loxton, Andre G., Chen, Ray Y., Via, Laura E., Thienemann, Friedrich, Wilkinson, Robert J., Barry, Clifton E., Griffith-Richards, Stephanie, Ellman, Annare, Ronacher, Katharina, Winter, Jill, Walzl, Gerhard and Warwick, James M. (2018) A semi-automatic technique to quantify complex tuberculous lung lesions on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computerised tomography images. EJNMMI Research, 8 . doi:10.1186/s13550-018-0411-7

  • Vrieling, Frank, Ronacher, Katharina, Kleynhans, Léanie, van den Akker, Erik, Walzl, Gerhard, Ottenhoff, Tom H. M. and Joosten, Simone A. (2018) Patients with concurrent tuberculosis and diabetes have a pro-atherogenic plasma lipid profile. EBioMedicine, 32 192-200. doi:10.1016/j.ebiom.2018.05.011

  • Thompson, Ethan G., Du, Ying, Malherbe, Stephanus T., Shankar, Smitha, Braun, Jackie, Valvo, Joe, Ronacher, Katharina, Tromp, Gerard, Tabb, David L. , Alland, David , Shenai, Shubhada, Via, Laura E., Warwick, James, Aderem, Alan, Scriba, Thomas J., Winter, Jill, Walzl, Gerhard, Zak, Daniel E. and Catalysis TB-Biomarker Consortium (2017) Host blood RNA signatures predict the outcome of tuberculosis treatment. Tuberculosis, 107 45-58. doi:10.1016/

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Book Chapter

  • 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.

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