Associate Professor Patrick Blackall

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
+61 7 344 32466


Pat Blackall is graduate of the University of Queensland (BSc Microbiology). Following graduation, he joined the Queensland Department of Primary Industries at the Animal Research Institute Yeerongpilly Brisbane as a diagnostic bacteriologist. Pat became a full time research scientist, still at the Animal Research Institute, in 1980. Shortly after, he undertook a part-time PhD degree at the University of Queensland which was completed in 1987. Following the closure of the Animal Research Institute in 2010, Pat’s laboratory moved to a new site at the EcoSciences Precinct Dutton Park Brisbane and Pat moved to his current position at the University of Queensland. His roles continued to include that of a research scientist, but expanded to include editor roles (Avian Diseases, Journal of Applied Microbiology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation) as well as research management in his role as a Research Manager for the Poultry Co-Operative Research Centre. Since 1977, Pat has been the leader of over 30 externally funded research projects with a total value of over four million dollars.

Research Interests

  • Bacterial Respiratory Diseases of Intensively Raised Animals
    Research areas include improved diagnostic tools (particularly rapid point-of-management tools), serotyping, genotyping (including whole genome sequence approaches) and novel vaccines. Work has both an Australian focus and a developing country focus (with different technologies for different settings).
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
    Research into the detection by phenotypic and genotypic methods of antimicrobial resistance in the bacterial respiratory pathogens of intensively raised animals
  • EcoHealth
    Use of EcoHealth approach to understand small holder production systems in developing countries.
  • Food Safety and the Intensive Animal Industries
    Research in this areas covers the development of novel point-of-management tools to detect food safety pathogens on the farm or in the processing plant as well as the development of rapid molecular typing tools to help in source attribution studies as well as the on-farm epidemiology of the organisms.

Research Impacts

Dr Pat Blackall has focused his research on the pig and poultry industries. His laboratory is recognized internationally as a leading centre of expertise in key bacterial respiratory pathogens including Avibacterium paragallinarum, Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Haemophilus parasuis and Pasteurella multocida. His laboratory functions as an international reference centre for members of the Pasteurellaceae, offering identification, serotyping and genotyping services. Pat remains a keen taxonomist and has been involved in the formal naming and description of three bacterial species. The work of his laboratory covers classic bacteriology, applied molecular biology, molecular epidemiology, serotyping, serology and vaccine development. Pat has worked extensively overseas and has a broad understanding of the pig and poultry industries of the developed and the developing world. His research program has provided the tools that underpin the entire Australian prevention and control programs for a range of important livestock diseases – including fowl cholera, infectious coryza, Glässer’s disease, porcine pleuropneumonia and porcine pasteurellosis.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Nahar, Nusrat, Turni, Conny, Tram, Greg, Blackall, Patrick J. and Atack, John M. (2021). Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae: the molecular determinants of virulence and pathogenesis. Advances in Microbial Physiology. (pp. 179-216) edited by Robert K. Poole and David J. Kelly. San Diego, CA, United States: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/bs.ampbs.2020.12.001

  • Tram, Greg, Jennings, Michael P., Blackall, Patrick J. and Atack, John M. (2021). Streptococcus suis pathogenesis—a diverse array of virulence factors for a zoonotic lifestyle. Advances in microbial physiology. (pp. 217-257) edited by Robert K. Poole and David J. Kelly. San Diego, CA, United States: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/bs.ampbs.2020.12.002

  • Blackall, Pat J. and Hofacre, Charles L. (2019). Pasteurellosis and other respiratory bacterial infections-fowl cholera. Diseases of poultry. (pp. 831-846) edited by David E. Swayne, Martine Boulianne, Catherine M. Logue, Larry R. McDougald, Venugopal Nair, David L. Suarez, Sjaak de Wit, Tom Grimes, Deirdre Johnson, Michelle Kromm, Teguh Yodiantara Prajitno, Ian Rubinoff and Guillermo Zavala. Hoboken, NJ, United States: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781119371199.ch19

  • Christensen, H., Blackall, P. J. and Bisgaard, M. (2016). Members of Pasteurellaceae associated with disease in poultry. A laboratory manual for the isolation, identification, and characterisation of avian pathogens. (pp. 185-195) edited by Susan M. Williams. Kennet Square, United Kingdom: American Association of Avian Pathologists.

  • Blackall, P. J. and Soriano-Vargas, E. (2013). Infectious coryza and related bacterial infections. Diseases of Poultry. (pp. 859-868) edited by David E. Swayne. Ames, IA, United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1002/9781119421481.ch20

  • Blackall, P. J. (2010). Infectious Coryza. The Merck Veterinary Manual. (pp. 1-1) edited by Cynthia M. Kahn and Scott Line. Station, New Jersey: Merial Limited.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Blackall, Patrick Joseph (1987). Biovars of avian Haemophili. PhD Thesis, School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences, The University of Queensland.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision