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.


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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.

Journal Article