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Research Biography

Harriet Whiley is an Associate Professor in Environmental Health. As an environmental microbiologist her research is aimed at informing the environmental health profession of best practice to protect human health from pathogens present in the environment. Her research areas include infection control, biofilms, water quality, food safety and risk assessment.

Harriet is available for Honours, Masters and PhD supervision.

Research Interests

The aim of my research is to inform Environmental Health Officers of best practice to protect human health from pathogens present in the environment. Through industry collaboration, my research utilises a multidisciplinary approach to tackle a range of public health issues present in a number of environments.

My research interests include:

Environmental health; public health; environmental microbiology; molecular biology; water quality; water reuse; water distribution systems; biofilms; food microbiology; food safety; food policy; opportunistic pathogens; Legionella pneumophila; Legionella longbeachae; Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC); Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM); Campylobacter spp.; Salmonella spp.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Microbiology/ environmental health (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Environmental health (1)
  • Environmental health/parasitology (1)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Ecology and conservation
  • Environmental health
  • Hydrology

Supervisory Interests

  • Environmental health
  • Public health
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Water reuse
  • Biofilms
  • Food microbiology
  • Potting mix
  • Mycobacterium avium
  • Water quality
  • Water distribution systems
  • Legionella pneumophila
  • Legionella longbeachae
  • Campylobacter spp
  • Salmonella spp
  • Food policy
  • Food policy and regulation
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Microbial ecology
  • Drinking water treatment


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