Dr Audrey Rachlin
Postdoctoral research scientist
PhD, Charles Darwin University, 2020; Master of Science, Public Health Microbiology, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2015; Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of St. Andrews Scotland, 2013
Audrey is a postdoctoral researcher with a background in microbiology and epidemiology of infectious diseases.
Audrey started as a molecular microbiologist for the Oxford-Wellcome Trust in Vientiane, Laos where she worked primarily on Rickettsial infections and screening for zoonotic pathogens in local wildlife trade. She came to Menzies in 2016 to complete her PhD on the epidemiology of melioidosis in northern Australia and Laos and has continued in this area of research since completing her PhD.
Audrey also works for the American Society of Microbiology and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the India Zoonotic Diseases Project, where she has been developing a training and capacity building manual for melioidosis and public health implementation scheme for the disease in emerging endemic countries.
- Burkholderia pseudomallei in Australia: A perspective of distribution and source attribution
- The occurrence of the melioidosis agent, Burkholderia pseudomallei from captive and wild animals in the Darwin region
- Darwin Prospective Melioidosis Study (D.P.M.S)
- The melioidosis agent Burkholderia pseudomallei in the anthropogenic environment of northern Australia
- Rachlin, A., Dittrich, S., Phommasone, K., Douangnouvong, A., Phetsouvanh, R., Newton, P.N., & Dance, D.A.B. (2016). Investigation of Recurrent Melioidosis in Lao People's Democratic Republic by Multilocus Sequence Typing. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 94(6), 1208-1211.
- Rachlin, A., Kleinecke, M., Kaestli, M., Mayo, M., Webb, J.R., Rigas, V., Shilton, C., Benedict, S., Dyrting, K., & Currie, B.J. (2019). A cluster of melioidosis infections in hatchling saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) resolved using genome-wide comparison of a common north Australian strain of Burkholderia pseudomallei. Microbial Genomics, 5(8).
- Rachlin, A., Shilton, C., Webb, J.R., Mayo, M., Kaestli, M., Kleinecke, M., Rigas, V., Benedict, S., Gurry, I., & Currie, B.J. (2019). Melioidosis fatalities in captive slender-tailed meerkats (Suricata suricatta): Combining epidemiology, pathology and whole-genome sequencing supports variable mechanisms of transmission with One Health implications. BMC Veterinary Research, 15, 458.
- Webb, J.R., Rachlin, A., Rigas, V., Sarovich, D.S., Price, E.P., Kaestli, M., Ward, L., Mayo, M., & Currie, B.J. (2019). Tracing the environmental footprint of the Burkholderia pseudomallei lipopolysaccharide genotypes in the tropical “Top End” of the Northern Territory, Australia. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 13(7), e0007369.
- Rachlin, A., Mayo, M., Webb, J.R., Kleinecke, M., Rigas, V., Harrington, H., Currie, B.J., & Kaestli, M. (2020). Whole-genome sequencing of Burkholderia pseudomallei from Darwin, northern Australia reveals a fine-scale population structure and localised spatial clustering in the environment. Nature Scientific Reports, 10, 5443. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-62300-8.
- Webb, J.R., Buller, N., Rachlin, A., Golledge, C., Sarovich, D.S., Price, E.P., Mayo, M., & Currie, B.J. (2020). A Persisting Nontropical Focus of Burkholderia pseudomallei with Limited Genome Evolution over Five Decades. mSystems. doi:10.1128/mSystems.00726-20
- Rachlin, A., Luangraj, M., Kaestli, M., Rattanavong, S., Phoumin, P., Webb, J.R., Mayo, M., Currie, B.J., & Dance, D.A.B. (2020). Using land runoff to survey the distribution and genetic diversity of Burkholderia pseudomallei in Vientiane, Laos. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Click here to view more Audrey Rachlin publications in PubMed.
Featuring Menzies' melioidosis experts, Dr Audrey Rachlin and Prof Bart Currie.
The research through the Menzies School of Health Research by the newly graduated Dr Audrey Rachlin focused on the environmental bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes melioidosis.
Dr Audrey Rachlin focused on the environmental bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes melioidosis.
A deadly tropical disease that affects humans was responsible for killing two crocodiles near Darwin, flipping previously held beliefs the predators were highly resistant to infection.
ABC Online | Deadly bacteria killed two crocodiles in northern Australia, despite species being highly resistant
Crocodiles may not be as highly resistant to infections as previously thought, as a newly released study shows a deadly bacterium was responsible for killing two saltwater crocs in the Top End.
The research, from Menzies School of Health Research was published in the Microbial Genomics journal.
A ground-breaking study by a north Australian research team which identified a deadly bacterium responsible for killing saltwater crocodiles at a Top End Wildlife Park has recently been published in the journal, Microbial Genomics.