Associate Professor Lucy Burr

ATH - Associate Professor

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine


A/Prof Lucy Burr is an experienced respiratory physician and clinical trials researcher at Mater Research – University of Queensland (UQ). She has a PhD (2017) in bronchiectasis microbiology and is an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, UQ. She is the Director of Respiratory and Cystic Fibrosis medicine at the Mater Hospital, Brisbane.

Lucy is recognised nationally for her clinical work on bronchiectasis and COVID-19. She is the chair of the expert reference group on COVID-19 for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the chair of the Hospital and Acute panel for the National COVID-19 clinical evidence taskforce.

Additionally, she is the convenor of the respiratory infectious disease special interest group of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Queensland TSANZ branch immediate past president, a recent board director of the TSANZ national body and a core member of the Australian Bronchiectasis Consortium and the Australian CF Centre Director group. Lucy also chairs the scientific sub-committee of the Australian bronchiectasis registry. She is recognised internationally for her work on Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis (top 3% expertscape) and has published in high impact clinical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, across a range of respiratory and infectious disease subjects, with 887 citations in the past 6 years.

In addition to her clinical work, Lucy is the custodian and manager of the David Serisier Respiratory biobank, a clinical repository of human samples from patients recovered from or vaccinated against COVID-19, which will be used for this project. She is also the principal investigator of 7 actively recruiting clinical trials and is the group leader of the respiratory clinical trials unit at Mater Research.

Lucy has a proven track record in collaborative and translational research. In 2020/21 she has established specific collaborative SARS-CoV-2 projects with COVID-19 researchers, enabling the sharing of clinical samples to advance basic research in the treatment of COVID-19. She is currently a consultant on 2 peer reviewed external grants totalling $1,306,000, including one involving biobanked samples.


  • Fellow of the RACP, RACP
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


  • Demichelis, Olivia P., Grainger, Sarah A., McKay, Kate T., Burr, Lucy, Kim, Joanne and Henry, Julie D. (2023). Subjective and objective sleep quality does not predict behavioural episodic foresight in younger or older adults. Scientific Reports, 13 (1) 1056, 1-10. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-28183-1

  • Foo, Cheng Xiang, Bartlett, Stacey, Chew, Keng Yih, Ngo, Minh Dao, Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Helle, Jayakody Arachchige, Buddhika, Matthews, Benjamin, Reed, Sarah, Wang, Ran, Smith, Christian, Sweet, Matthew J., Burr, Lucy, Bisht, Kavita, Shatunova, Svetlana, Sinclair, Jane E., Parry, Rhys, Yang, Yuanhao, Lévesque, Jean-Pierre, Khromykh, Alexander, Rosenkilde, Mette Marie, Short, Kirsty R. and Ronacher, Katharina (2023). GPR183 antagonism reduces macrophage infiltration in influenza and SARS-CoV-2 infection. European Respiratory Journal, 61 (3) 2201306, 1-15. doi: 10.1183/13993003.01306-2022

  • Uluer, Ahmet Z, MacGregor, Gordon, Azevedo, Pilar, Indihar, Veronica, Keating, Claire, Mall, Marcus A, McKone, Edward F, Ramsey, Bonnie W, Rowe, Steven M, Rubenstein, Ronald C, Taylor-Cousar, Jennifer L, Tullis, Elizabeth, Yonker, Lael M, Chu, Chenghao, Lam, Anna P, Nair, Nitin, Sosnay, Patrick R, Tian, Simon, Van Goor, Fredrick, Viswanathan, Lakshmi, Waltz, David, Wang, Linda T, Xi, Yingmei, Billings, Joanne, Horsley, Alexander, Nash, Edward F., Bakker, Marleen, van der Meer, Renske, Merkus, Petrus ... Wilson, John (2023). Safety and efficacy of vanzacaftor–tezacaftor–deutivacaftor in adults with cystic fibrosis: randomised, double-blind, controlled, phase 2 trials. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 11 (6), 550-562. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(22)00504-5

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