Dr Seweryn Bialasiewicz

Senior Research Fellow

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science

Overview

Dr. Bialasiewicz has worked at the Royal Children's Hospital and now Children's Health Queensland HHS for over 17 years conducting translational research and clinical support centering on infectious disease (primarily viral and bacterial) molecular diagnostics, general microbiology and molecular epidemiology. Since 2019, he has shared his time between CHQ HHS and The University of Queensland's Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, expanding on a growing interest in the microbial ecology of the human body, it's role in health and disease, and ways to manipulated to achieve desirable outcomes.

Ongoing work includes the leveraging of emerging technologies to explore the hidden microbial diversity and their interactions in the human body, as well as using the technology to develop rapid diagnostic tests (eg: with capacity to dramatically reduce the time to both identify and characterise the antibiotic resistance of life-threatening bacterial blood infections).

In particular, he is interested in leveraging emerging technology to explore the hidden diversity of microorganisms which may not have been well characterised in particular body sites or have been missed due to limitations of traditional techniques.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Columbia University
  • Masters of Science, Griffith University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Irwin, Adam D., Coin, Lachlan J. M., Harris, Patrick N. A., Cotta, Menino Osbert, Bauer, Michelle J., Buckley, Cameron, Balch, Ross, Kruger, Peter, Meyer, Jason, Shekar, Kiran, Brady, Kara, Fourie, Cheryl, Sharp, Natalie, Vlad, Luminita, Whiley, David, Beatson, Scott A., Forde, Brian M., Paterson, David, Clark, Julia, Hajkowicz, Krispin, Raman, Sainath, Bialasiewicz, Seweryn, Lipman, Jeffrey, Schlapbach, Luregn J. and Roberts, Jason A. (2021). Optimising treatment outcomes for children and adults through rapid genome sequencing of sepsis pathogens. A study protocol for a prospective, multi-centre trial (DIRECT). Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 11 667680, 667680. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2021.667680

  • Tang, Julian W., Bialasiewicz, Seweryn, Dwyer, Dominic E., Dilcher, Meik, Tellier, Raymond, Taylor, Janette, Hua, Harry, Jennings, Lance, Kok, Jen, Levy, Avram, Smith, David, Barr, Ian G. and Sullivan, Sheena G. (2021). Where have all the viruses gone? Disappearance of seasonal respiratory viruses during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Journal of Medical Virology, 93 (7) jmv.26964, 4099-4101. doi: 10.1002/jmv.26964

  • Coleman, Andrea, Bialasiewicz, Seweryn, Marsh, Robyn L., Grahn Håkansson, Eva, Cottrell, Kyra, Wood, Amanda, Jayasundara, Nadeesha, Ware, Robert S., Zaugg, Julian, Sidjabat, Hanna E., Adams, Jasmyn, Ferguson, Josephine, Brown, Matthew, Roos, Kristian and Cervin, Anders (2021). Upper respiratory microbiota in relation to ear and nose health among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 10 (4), 468-476. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piaa141

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Rockett, Rebecca J., Nissen, Michael D., Sloots, Theo P. and Bialasiewicz, Seweryn (2016). Human polyomaviruses. Clinical Virology Manual. (pp. 427-442) edited by Michael J. Loeffelholz, Richard L. Hodinka, Stephen A. Young and Benjamin A. Pinsky. Washington DC, United States: American Society for Microbiology (ASM). doi: 10.1128/9781555819156

  • 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. Diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases. (pp. 225-233) edited by Colin R. MacKenzie and Birgit Henrich. New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-937-2_14

  • Bialasiewicz, Seweryn (2010). Human Polyomaviruses - KIV and WUV. PCR for clinical microbiology : An Australian and international perspective. (pp. 295-298) edited by Margaret Schuller, Theo P. Sloots, Gregory S. James, Catriona L. Halliday and Ian W.J. Carter. Dordrecht ; London: Springer Publishing.

  • Bialasiewicz, Seweryn, Whiley, David M. and Sloots, Theo P. (2010). Malaria (P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae, P. ovale). PCR for clinical microbiology : An Australian and international perspective. (pp. 373-377) edited by Margaret Schuller, Theo P. Sloots, Gregory S. James, Catriona L. Halliday and Ian W.J. Carter. Dordrecht ; London: Springer Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-9039-3_64

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Wang, Claire Y. T., Mhango, Lebogang P., Bialasiewicz, Seweryn, Sarna, Mohinder, Ware, Robert S., Tozer, Sarah, Grimwood, Keith and Lambert, Stephen (2017). Human parechovirus infections in Australian infants during the first 2-years of life: a community-based birth cohort study. 30th International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection (ICC), Taipei, Taiwan, 24-27 November 2017. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier .

  • Rockett, Rebecca, Bialasiewicz, Seweryn, Lambert, Stephen B., Ware, Robert, Whiley, David M., Nissen, Michael D., Grimwood, Keith and Sloots, Theo P. (2013). WU, KI, MW and MCV polyomavirus infection in the first 2 years of life. 5th International Conference on Polyomaviruses and Human Diseases: Basic and Clinical Perspectives, Stresa Italy, 09-11 May 2013. New York, NY United States: Springer New York LLC.

  • Barraclough, K., Isbel, N., Lee, K., Bergmann, T., Johnson, D., Mcwhinney, B., Ungerer, J., Campbell, S., Leary, D., Bialasiewicz, S., Rockett, R. and Staatz, C. (2012). An impact of Nr1I2 genotype on dose-adjusted exposure to tacrolimus and Bk Viraemia in adult kidney transplantation. 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, Auckland New Zealand, 27-29 August 2012. Richmond, VIC Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1797.2012.01631.x

  • Barraclough, Katherine, Rockett, Rebecca, Bialasiewicz, Seweryn, Staatz, Christine, Griffin, Anthony, Preston, John, Wood, Simon, Lawson, Malcolm, Kanagaragh, Vijay, Johnson, David, Campbell, Scott and Isbel, Nicole (2011). Donor Versus Recipient Origin of BK Virus in Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients. 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand, Canberra, Australia, 29 Jun-1 Jul 2011. WILEY-BLACKWELL.

  • Sammartino, C., Edey, M., Barraclough, K., Bialasiewicz, S., Rockett, R., Sloots, T., Oliver, K., Strutton, G., Griffin, A., Campell, S., Mudge, D., Johnson, D. and Isbel, N. (2010). Outcome of Merkel cell carcinoma in renal transplant recipients. 46th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, Perth, Western Australia, 12-15 September 2010. Richmond, VIC, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Bialasiewicz S., Whiley D., Nissen, M. D. and Sloots, T. P. (2007). The impact of oligonucleotide design on PCR sensitivity. Abstract M-54. Clinical Virology Symposium, Clearwater, FL, USA, 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. Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting, Gold Coast, Australia,, 2-6 July 2006.

  • Bialasiewicz S., Whiley D., Nissen, M. D. and Sloots, T. P. (2006). Factors influencing the sensitivity of the malarial PCR assay.. ASM SVM Special Interest Group Meeting, Brisbane, 2006.

  • Bialasiewicz S., Whiley D. and Sloots, Theodorus P. (2006). The impact of competitive inhibition and sequence variation upon the sensitivity of malaria PCR. Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting, Gold Coast, Australia, 2006.

  • Bialasiewicz S., Whiley D. and Sloots, Theodorus P. (2006). The impact of competitive inhibition and sequence variation upon the sensitivity of malaria PCR.. Annual Health and Medical Research Conference of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia., 2006.

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