• 3520 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
20022020

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Research Biography

After completion of a PhD in latency of herpes simplex virus, at the University of Adelaide, I undertook post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Cambridge and at Northwestern University in Chicago.   In 2001 I returned to Australia to continue herpesvirus-related research at the Inst. of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide.   In July 2007 I accepted an offer to move to Flinders University.

Research Interests

Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. A strong potential alternative is bacteriophages -"phages" -viruses that infect bacteria. In collaboration with US/Australian company AmpliPhi Biosciences, I am pursuing the use of phages as a treatment for bacterial infections in a number of important medical settings:

-chronic rhinosinusitis: a human trial of this technology commenced in January 2016, in collaboration with ENT surgeon/scientist Prof. PJ Wormald

-diabetic foot ulcer infections

-nasal Staphylococcus aureus decolonization.

I collaborate with the US Army Medical Research Materiel Command to introduce phages into their Combat Wound Infection Control Program.

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Research Output

  • 3520 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
  • 32 Article
  • 1 Letter
  • 1 Review article

Economic evaluations considering costs and outcomes of diabetic foot ulcer infections: A systematic review

Woods, T. J., Tesfay, F., Speck, P. & Kaambwa, B., Apr 2020, In : PLoS One. 15, 4, 16 p., e0232395.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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  • Efficacy of lytic phage cocktails on staphylococcus aureus and pseudomonas aeruginosa in mixed-species planktonic cultures and biofilms

    Kifelew, L. G., Warner, M. S., Morales, S., Thomas, N., Gordon, D. L., Mitchell, J. G. & Speck, P. G., 18 May 2020, In : Viruses. 12, 5, 16 p., 559.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Efficacy of phage cocktail AB-SA01 therapy in diabetic mouse wound infections caused by multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

    Kifelew, L. G., Warner, M. S., Morales, S., Vaughan, L., Woodman, R., Fitridge, R., Mitchell, J. G. & Speck, P., 9 Jul 2020, In : BMC Microbiology. 20, 204, 10 p., 204.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • The microbial abundance dynamics of the paediatric oral cavity before and after sleep

    Carlson-Jones, J. A. P., Kontos, A., Kennedy, D., Martin, J., Lushington, K., McKerral, J., Paterson, J. S., Smith, R. J., Dann, L. M., Speck, P. & Mitchell, J. G., 30 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Oral Microbiology. 12, 1, 13 p., 1741254.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A systematic review protocol for examining 30-day readmission costs for atrial fibrillation patients

    Woods, T-J., Speck, P. & Kaambwa, B., 10 Oct 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 10, 5 p., e032101.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access