Dr Lee McMichael

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Science

Overview

Dr McMichael's research has focused on molecular and epidemiological studies of viruses of Australian wildlife and domestic species. Her particular research interests include the study of viruses of conservation and zoonotic importance in Australian wildlife species, specifically emerging and novel viral infections in Australian bat species. Dr McMichael is passionate about her supervision and mentorship of RHD students in developing their molecular biology skills in a diverse range of project areas, from molecular detection and characterisation of pathogens with zoonotic potential in wildlife and companion animals, characterisation of novel viruses of wildlife with potential wildlife health and conservation impacts, and gene expression analyses in disease of companion animals.

Research Interests

  • Overview
    Dr McMichael's research has focused on molecular and epidemiological studies of viruses of Australian wildlife and domestic species. Her particular research interests include the study of viruses of conservation and zoonotic importance in Australian wildlife species, specifically emerging and novel viral infections in Australian bat species. Dr McMichael is passionate about her supervision and mentorship of RHD students in developing their molecular biology skills in a diverse range of project areas, from molecular detection and characterisation of pathogens with zoonotic potential in wildlife and companion animals, characterisation of novel viruses of wildlife with potential wildlife health and conservation impacts, and gene expression analyses in disease of companion animals.

Research Impacts

Dr McMichael's research into the epidemiology of Hendra virus in its Australian reservoir flying fox host has contributed to establishing risk management policies at Queensland state government levels. Her continuing research into emerging viruses in Australian bats has lead to the discovery and characterision a number of novel viruses with potential wildlife health and conservation implications. Dr McMichael works collaboratively with Biosecurity Queensland (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries), and several Australian universities, inclusive of Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, James Cook University and Macquarie University as part of her research into emerging infectious diseases. Dr McMichael also has ongoing collaborations with wildlife research organisations, in particular the University of Queensland Hidden Vale Teaching and Research Centre and the Tolga Bat Rehabilitation and Research Organisation, in undertaking conservation orientated research in Australian endangered species, particularly the mahogany glider and spectacled flying fox.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Plant Protection, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Queensland

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  • Master Philosophy

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