Dr Duy Phan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 53691


I got my BSc degree from the University of Natural Sciences in Vietnam. I spent the next two years working on characterisation of multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis with Dr Maxine Caws at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I went to the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge, UK to do my PhD in Prof. John Wain lab where I studied molecular mechanisms affecting the stability of IncHI1 multidrug resistant plasmids in Salmonella Typhi. I then moved to Australia to join the group of Prof. Mark Schembri at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland. I am now working on identifying novel virulent factors in uropathogenic E. coli, especially in the newly emerged but globally spread ST131 clone, using high-throughput transposon mutagenesis and next-gen sequencing. I also maintain my interest in plasmid biology and have started projects to study multidrug resistant plasmids carrying blaCTX-M-15 or blaNDM-1 resistant genes.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge


  • Djoko, Karrera Y., Phan, Minh-Duy, Peters, Kate M., Walker, Mark J. , Schembri, Mark A. and McEwan, Alastair G. (2017) Interplay between tolerance mechanisms to copper and acid stress in Escherichia coli. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 26: 6818-6823. doi:10.1073/pnas.1620232114

  • Lo, Alvin W., Moriel, Danilo G., Phan, Minh-Duy, Schulz, Benjamin L., Kidd, Timothy J., Beatson, Scott A. and Schembri, Mark A. (2017) 'Omic' approaches to study Uropathogenic Escherichia coli virulence. Trends in Microbiology, 25 9: 729-740. doi:10.1016/j.tim.2017.04.006

  • Kakkanat, Asha, Minh-Duy Phan, Lo, Alvin W., Beatson, Scott A. and Schembri, Mark A. (2017) Novel genes associated with enhanced motility of Escherichia coli ST131. PLoS One, 12 5: e0176290.1-e0176290.22. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0176290

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Stocks, C. J., Kapetanovic, R., Bokil, N., Phan, M. -D, Lo, A., Schembri, M. and Sweet, M. J. (2016). The role of zinc in macrophage antimicrobial responses. In: International Congress of Immunology (ICI), Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (432-432). 21-26 August 2016. doi:10.1002/eji.201670200

  • Tho, D. Q., Ha, D. M., Duy, P. M., Lan, N. T. N., Hoa, D. V., Chau, N. V. V., Farrar, J. J. and Caws, M. (2008). MAS-PCR: A Quick Cheap Detection Test for Isoniazid Resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In: International Journal of Infectious Diseases. , , (E319-E319). . doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2008.05.854