Dr Ian M Mackay

Academic Title-Associate Professor

Child Health Research Centre
Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Overview

Ian completed his undergraduate studies in Medical Laboratory Science at the Queensland University of Technology. Between 1992 and 2015 Ian’s experiences included that of a Research Assistant, a PhD student and a post-doctoral research group leader at the Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory within the Sir Albert Sakzewski Virus Research Centre, Queensland Health and The University of Queensland.

In 2015 Ian left research and moved to a Supervising Scientist role in Queensland Health, supporting the detection and characterization of rare and emerging viral threats to public and environmental health.

Ian designs, validates and employs molecular techniques to support clinical and public health needs, helping to discover and characterize known, new, newly identified and rare viruses.

Research Interests

  • Rhinovirus
  • Emerging viruses
  • MERS-CoV
    No active research projects. Interest in tracking its emergence
  • Influenza A(H7N9) virus
    No active research projects. Interest in tracking its emergence
  • Virology communication
    Editor in Chief of Virology Down Under and its associated blog
  • Ebola virus
    No active research projects. Interest in tracking the 2014/2015 epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
  • Zika virus

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Science, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Bialasiewicz, Seweryn, Mackay, Ian M., Whiley, David M. and Sloots, Theo P. (2012). Protocol for the use of enzyme-linked hybridization assays for genital ulcer disease. In Colin R. MacKenzie and Birgit Henrich (Ed.), Diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases (pp. 225-233) New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-61779-937-2_14

  • Arden, Katherine E. and Mackay, Ian M. (2011). Rhinoviruses. In eLS (pp. 1-12) Hoboken, NJ, United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9780470015902.a0002569.pub3

  • Mackay, Ian M. (2010). Polymerase chain reaction and respiratory viruses. In Stephen A. Bustin (Ed.), The PCR revolution: Basic technologies and applications (pp. 189-211) Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

  • Mackay, Ian M., Arden, Katherine E. and Lambert, Stephen B. (2009). Epidemiology. In Ronald Eccles and Olaf Weber (Ed.), Common Cold (pp. 77-106) Basel Switzerland: Birkhäuser Basel. doi:10.1007/978-3-7643-9912-2_4

  • Mackay, Ian M., Arden, Katherine and Lambert, Stephen B. (2009). Epidemiology.. In Ronald Eccles and Olaf Weber (Ed.), Common Cold. (pp. 77-106) Berlin, Germany: Springer Science.

  • Mackay, I. M., Arden, K. E., Nissen, M. D. and Sloots, T. P. (2007). Challenges Facing Real-time PCR Characterization of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections.. In Mackay, I.M. (Ed.), Real-Time PCR in Microbiology from Diagnosis to Characterization. 1 ed. (pp. 269-318) United Kingdom: Horizon Press - Calister Academic Press.

  • Beld, M. G. H. M., Mackay, I. M., Sloots, T. P. and et. al. (2007). Experts' roundtable: Real time PCR and microbiology. In Ian M. Mackay (Ed.), Real-Time PCR in Microbiology From diagnosis to characterization (pp. 357-444) Norfolk, United Kingdom: Caister Academic.

  • Mackay I M, Bustin, S. A., Andrade, J. M., Kubista, M and Sloots, T P (2007). Quantification of Microorganisms: not Human, not Simple, not Quick.. In Mackay, I. M. (Ed.), Real-Time PCR in Microbiology From Diagnosis to Characterization. 1 ed. (pp. 133-182) United Kingdom: Horizon Press - Calister Academic Press.

  • Mackay, I. M., Mackay, J. F., Nissen, M. D. and Sloots, T. P. (2007). Real-time PCR; History and Fluorgenic Chemistries. In Mackay, I. M. (Ed.), Real-Time PCR in Microbiology From diagnosis to characterization 1 ed. (pp. 1-40) United Kingdom: Horizon Press - Calister Academic Press.

  • Mackay, I. M., Arden, K. E. and Nitsche, A. (2004). Real-time fluorescent PCR techniques to study microbial-host interactions. In Tor Savidge and Charalabos Pothoulakis (Ed.), Methods in Microbiology - Volume 34 - Microbial Imaging 1 ed. (pp. 255-330) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Academic Press. doi:10.1016/S0580-9517(04)34010-9

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Mccallum, G., Morris, P., Grimwood, K., Maclennan, C., White, A., Sloots, T., Mackay, I, Smith-Vaughan, H., Byrnes, C. and Chang, A. (2015). Improving the Management of Indigenous Children Hospitalised with Bronchiolitis: a Multicenter Rct. In: Abstracts of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science, Annual Scientific Meeting. The Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health and Respiratory Science (TSANZSRS), Gold Coast, QLD Australia, (30-30). 27 March - 1 April 2015. doi:10.1111/resp.12494_9

  • Teoh, L., Van Asperen, P., Acworth, J., Hurwitz, M., Upham, J., Wang, C., Mackay, I, Sloots, T., Neeman, T. and Chang, A. (2014). Recovery From Acute Asthma Exacerbations in Children: Influence of Viruses, Eczema and Atopy. In: Abstracts of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science 2014, Adelaide, SA Australia, (75-75). 4-9 April 2014. doi:10.1111/resp.12263_4

  • Wurzel, D. F., Marchant, J. M., Mackay, I. M., Wang, C. Y. T., Sloots, T., Upham, J., Yerkovich, S., Clark, J., Masters, I. B. and Chang, A. B. (2013). Protracted bacterial bronchitis in children: results of a large prospective cohort study. In: Abstracts of the Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand and the Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science 2013 Annual Scientific Meetings. Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand and the Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science 2013 Annual Scientific Meetings, Darwin, NT, Australia, (77-77). 22-27 March 2013. doi:10.1111/resp.12046

  • Mackay, I. M., McErlean, P., Nissen, M. D. and Sloots, T. P. (2007). The impact of quasispecies on respiratory virus PCR.. In: IX International Symposium on Respiratory Viral Infections. IX International Symposium on Respiratory Viral Infections Abstract P20., Hong Kong, (). March 2007.

  • Sloots, T. P., Mackay, I. M., Jacob, K.C., Bialasiewicz, S. and Nissen, M. D. (2006). A four year study of human metapneumovirus in Australia. In: Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting, Gold Coast, Australia,, (). 2-6 July 2006.

  • McErlean P., Shackelton L., Nissen, M. D., Sloots, T. P. and Mackay, Ian M. (2006). A newly identified human rhinovirus present in young children with bronchiolitis. In: Proceedings : IX International Symposium on Respiratory Viral Infections. IX International Symposium on Respiratory Viral Infections, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, (). 3-6 March 2007.

  • Sloots, T. P., McErlean, P., Speicher D. J., Arden, K., Nissen, M. D. and Mackay, I.M. (2006). Evidence of human coronavirus NL63, HKU1 and human bocavirus in Australian children with acute respiratory infection. In: Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting, Gold Coast, Australia, (). 2006.

  • Whiting, P.W., Gowans, E.J., Sloots, T.P., Mackay, I.M., Tillack, S., Harrison, M., Beller, E.M. and Crawford, D.H.G. (2002). The effects of vitamin B12 on hepatitis C virus replication. In: Abstracts of the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association. Digestive Disease Week and the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association. Digestive Disease Week and the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association, San Francisco, CA, United States, (74-74). 19-22 May 2002.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Ian M Mackay is not currently available to take on new students.