Associate Professor Nick West

Associate Professor

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 54093


Dr West is a molecular microbiologist, expert in bacterial pathogenesis. He is Head of “Tuberculosis Research” in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland. Dr West has a particular interest in drug development for TB. His research utilises modern molecular technologies to identify the genetic requirements for Mycobacterium tuberculosis to cause Tuberculosis (TB) with these genetic discoveries translated into novel antibiotic therapies. Research within his group falls largely into one of the following three themes: essential gene identification, understanding latency and targeted drug development.

Dr West conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. Returning to Australia in 2004, he spent several years at Sydney’s Centenary Institute as an Associate Faculty member before relocating to University of Queensland in 2012. In addition to drug development, Dr West’s research portfolio includes programmes of vaccine and diagnostic development and testing.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong


  • Lee, Brendon M., Harold, Liam K., Almeida, Deepak V., Afriat-Jurnou, Livnat, Aung, Htin Lin, Forde, Brian M., Hards, Kiel, Pidot, Sacha J., Ahmed, F. Hafna, Mohamed, A. Elaaf, Taylor, Matthew C., West, Nicholas P., Stinear, Timothy P., Greening, Chris, Beatson, Scott A., Nuermberger, Eric L., Cook, Gregory M. and Jackson, Colin J. (2020). Predicting nitroimidazole antibiotic resistance mutations in Mycobacterium tuberculosis with protein engineering. PLoS Pathogens, 16 (2) e1008287, doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1008287

  • Serafini, Agnese, Tan, Lendl, Horswell, Stuart, Howell, Steven, Greenwood, Daniel J., Hunt, Deborah M., Phan, Minh-Duy, Schembri, Mark, Monteleone, Mercedes, Montague, Christine R., Britton, Warwick, Garza-Garcia, Acely, Snijders, Ambrosius P., VanderVen, Brian, Gutierrez, Maximiliano G., West, Nicholas P. and de Carvalho, Luiz Pedro S. (2019). Mycobacterium tuberculosis requires glyoxylate shunt and reverse methylcitrate cycle for lactate and pyruvate metabolism. Molecular Microbiology, 112 (4) mmi.14362, 1284-1307. doi:10.1111/mmi.14362

  • Pullella, Glenn A., Wdowiak, Adam P., Sykes, Melissa L., Lucantoni, Leonardo, Sukhoverkov, Kirill V., Zulfiqar, Bilal, Sobolev, Alexandre N., West, Nicholas P., Mylne, Joshua S., Avery, Vicky M. and Piggott, Matthew J. (2019). Total synthesis of the antimalarial ascidian natural product albopunctatone. Organic Letters, 21 (14) 5519-5523. doi:10.1021/acs.orglett.9b01838

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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