Dr Michael Binks

Senior research fellow, Child and Maternal Health Division


PhD, Charles Darwin University, 2015; Bachelor of Health Sciences (Natural Medicine), Australian College of Natural Medicine, 2006; Bachelor of Science, Monash University, 1996.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Primary Supervisor


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


Dr Michael Binks is a senior research fellow and program leader within the Child Health Division at Menzies School of Health Research. With expertise in biomedical science, clinical trials and epidemiology, Michael leads a collaborative and multidisciplinary research program dedicated to achieving sustainable improvements in the respiratory health of Indigenous children.

The program focuses on practical and translatable interventions for the prevention of acute respiratory infections coupled with innovative science to address knowledge gaps in aetiology and pathogenesis. Current projects are evaluating perinatal vitamin D supplementation, antenatal vaccination and neonatal probiotic therapy as key preventative strategies against early childhood acute respiratory infections.

For this collective body of innovative work Michael was recently awarded the Charles Darwin University Prize for Exceptional Performance in Research. Michael currently supervises and has successfully supervised several PhD students to completion on projects including ‘Safety of vaccination in pregnancy’ and the ‘Microbiology of otitis media among Indigenous Australian children”.

Research Themes
  • Child and Maternal Health
  • Respiratory Immunology
Media Expertise
  • Child and Maternal Health
  • Respiratory Immunology