Dr Michael Nissen

Adjunct Associate Professor

Faculty of Medicine


Michael has over 30 years’ experience in clinical medicine (infectious diseases & paediatrics) and clinical laboratory microbiology with a particular interest in the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases and the diagnosis of infectious diseases in hospital, public health and industry settings. He recently took up the inaugural Director of Research at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.

He is a past Principal Medical Officer and Director of CoVID-19 Pharmacovigilance at the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Department of Health & Ageing, Australian Government (2021-2022), Director of Scientific Affairs & Public Health for GSK Vaccines in the Greater China Intercontinental region based in Singapore (2014-2020) and Director of Infectious Diseases at the Royal Children’s Hospital-Brisbane and a practising Clinical Microbiologist at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospitals (2000-2014). Michael is a past full member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group for Immunisation from 2007 to 2013.

Prof. Nissen has 223 peer-reviewed medical publications and book chapters, a h- index of 64 with 13,321 citations of his work to date. His research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of vaccine preventable diseases and the rapid molecular diagnostic techniques of infectious diseases.

Research Impacts

Founder & Co-Lead of Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory & Associate Professor, University of Queensland Australia: 2003-2014

Research laboratory dedicated to viral discovery, translational adaption of molecular techniques for the diagnosis of infectious and rapid molecular diagnosis of respiratory viruses. Co-discoverer of WU virus. Lead approximately 40 Phase I-IV vaccine trials in attached clinical trials unit including meningococcal and staphylococcal candidates. Established experience in the maintenance and utility of large microbiology (virus and bacteria) and serum biobanks that lead to significant viral discoveries and clinical translation.

Co-discoverer of WU Virus: 2007

Gaynor AM, MD Nissen, DM Whiley, IM Mackay, SB Lambert, G Wu, DC Brennan, GA Storch, TP Sloots, D Wang (2007). Identification of a novel polyomavirus from patients with acute respiratory tract infections. PLoS Pathogens May 4; 3(5):e64 doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.0030064 (Citations: 846).

Director of Infectious Diseases, Royal Children’s Hospital-Brisbane, QLD AUSTRALIA: 2003-2014

Foundation and Inaugural Director of Clinical Infectious Diseases (Infection Management Prevention Service-IMPS) and Pre-Eminent Staff Specialist at largest children’s hospital in Queensland and State-based Children’s Health Service (CHS). Established Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Committee at CHS and developed the “AntibioCard.” Also acted as Chair of the Infection Control Committee during this period and served as paediatric representative on State Health Medicines Advisory Committee (2000-2014).


  • Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Medical Science, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Goire, Namraj, Sloots, Theo P., Whiley, David M. and Nissen, Michael D. (2012). Protocol for the molecular detection of antibiotic resistance mechanisms in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases. (pp. 319-328) edited by Colin R. MacKenzie and Birgit Henrich. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-937-2_22

  • Nissen, Michael D., Lambert, Stephen B., Whiley, David M. and Sloots, Theo P. (2010). Respiratory infections. PCR for clinical microbiology: an Australian and international perspective. (pp. 67-82) edited by Margret Schuller, Theo P. Sloots, Gregory S. James, Catriona L. Halliday and Ian W. J. Carter. Dordrecht, Netherlands : Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-9039-3_5

  • Mackay, I. M., Arden, K. E., Nissen, M. D. and Sloots, T. P. (2007). Challenges Facing Real-time PCR Characterization of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections.. Real-Time PCR in Microbiology from Diagnosis to Characterization.. (pp. 269-318) edited by Mackay, I.M.. United Kingdom: Horizon Press - Calister Academic Press.

  • Mackay, I. M., Mackay, J. F., Nissen, M. D. and Sloots, T. P. (2007). Real-time PCR; History and Fluorgenic Chemistries. Real-Time PCR in Microbiology From diagnosis to characterization. (pp. 1-40) edited by Mackay, I. M.. United Kingdom: Horizon Press - Calister Academic Press.

  • Nissen, M. D. (2004). Human Metapenumovirus: Paramyxoviridae. Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. (pp. 2341-2346) edited by Ralph D. Feigin, Gail J. Demmler, James D. Cherry and Sheldon L. Kaplan. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders.

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