Dr Erin Price

Honorary fellow

Qualifications:

PhD, Queensland University of Technology, 2007; Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), Queensland University of Technology, 2003; Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation, Queensland University of Technology, 2007

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Principal Supervisor for PhD

Location:

Brisbane

Biography:

Dr Erin Price is a former Senior Research Officer in the Menzies Global and Tropical Health and Child Health Divisions. In January 2017, Erin relocated to the University of the Sunshine Coast to take on a new role as a Senior Research Fellow, where she co-leads to Pathogen-Omics research laboratory..
 
Erin’s research focuses on implementing genetic, genomic and transcriptomic (including meta ‘omic’) approaches to better understand bacterial infectious diseases affecting humans, particularly those associated with chronic respiratory diseases like cystic fibrosis. Over the past 15 years, Erin has investigated a range of bacterial pathogens, with a focus on high-threat and antibiotic-resistant pathogens. She has published 70 peer-reviewed publications in this field to date.
 
Erin’s work with the Menzies melioidosis team involves applying bioinformatic tools to better understand the evolution, phylogenetics, phylogeography, transmission, virulence, gene expression and antibiotic resistance development of Burkholderia pseudomallei, a Gram-negative opportunistic pathogen that causes the potentially deadly tropical disease, melioidosis.
 
Erin is a Chief Investigator on a five-year melioidosis NHMRC Project Grant led by Prof. Bart Currie (2016-2020). She has supervised one Menzies PhD student to completion and is currently co-supervising three Menzies PhD students, all of whom are involved in her genomics and transcriptomics projects.

 

Research Themes
  • The Darwin Prospective Melioidosis Study: Years 27-31 
  • Understanding the role of the two major bacterial pathogens in the upper and lower airways of Indigenous children with chronic lung disease
  • What are the important targets for prevention of Haemophilus influenzae lung infection
  1. Price, E.P., Currie, B.J., Sarovich, D.S. (2017). Genomic insights into the melioidosis pathogen, Burkholderia pseudomallei. Curr Trop Med Rep, 4(3), 95-102.
  2. Viberg, L.T., Sarovich, D.S., Kidd, T.J., Geake, J.B., Bell, S.C., Currie, B.J., Price, E.P. (2017). Within-host evolution of Burkholderia pseudomallei during chronic infection of seven Australasian cystic fibrosis patients. MBio, 8(2), e00356-17.
  3. Price, E.P., Harris, T.M., Spargo, J., Nosworthy, E., Beissbarth, J., Chang, A.B. et al. (2017). Simultaneous identification of Haemophilus influenzae and Haemophilus haemolyticus using real-time PCR. Future Microbiology, 12(7), 585-593.
  4. Price, E.P., Sarovich, D.S., Smith, E.J., MacHunter, B., Harrington, G., Theobald, V., et al. (2016). Unprecedented melioidosis cases in northern Australia caused by an Asian Burkholderia pseudomallei strain identified by using large-scale comparative genomics. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(3), 954-963.
  5. Sarovich, D.S., Garin, B., De Smet, B., Kaestli, M., Mayo, M., Vandamme, P. et al. (2016). Phylogenomic analysis reveals an Asian origin for African Burkholderia pseudomallei and further supports melioidosis endemicity in Africa. mSphere, 1(2), e00089-15.
  6. Price, E.P., Sarovich, D.S., Nosworthy, E., Beissbarth, J., Marsh, R.L., Pickering, J. et al. (2015). Haemophilus influenzae: using comparative genomics to accurately identify a highly recombinogenic human pathogen. BMC Genomics, 16, 641.
  7. Sarovich, D.S., Price, E.P., Webb, J.R., Ward, L.M., Voutsinos, M.Y., Tuanyok, A. et al. (2014). Variable virulence factors in Burkholderia pseudomallei (melioidosis) associated with human disease. PLoS One, 9(3), e91682.
  8. Price, E.P., Sarovich, D.S., Mayo, M., Tuanyok, A., Drees, K.P., Kaestli, M. et al. (2013). Within-host evolution of Burkholderia pseudomallei over a twelve-year chronic-carriage infection. MBio, 4(4), e00388-13.
  9. Price, E.P., Seymour, M.L., Sarovich, D.S., Latham, J., Wolken, S.R., Mason, J. et al. (2012). Molecular epidemiologic investigation of an anthrax outbreak among heroin users, Europe. Emerg Infect Dis, 18(8), 1307-1313.
  10. Price, E.P., Hornstra, H.M., Limmathurotsakul, D., Max, T.L., Sarovich, D.S., Vogler, A.J., et al. (2010). Within-host evolution of Burkholderia pseudomallei in four cases of acute melioidosis. PLoS Pathogens, 6(1), e1000725.
Click here to view more Erin Price publications in PubMed.
  1. Patient 314 - Unearthing a mystery

    Patient 314 - Unearthing a mystery

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    Like an episode of 'House', a research team at the Menzies School of Health Research is on the trail of one of the most unique clinical cases ever seen in its 28 year history. The United States Government considers it to be one of the deadliest...

  2. Menzies melioidosis project recognised among Australia's best

    Menzies melioidosis project recognised among Australia's best

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    A Menzies project has been recognised amongst the nation’s premier research projects by Australia’s peak body for health and medical research.

  3. NT LEADS GENOMICS RESEARCH INITIATIVE THAT COULD HOLD THE KEY TO ENDING EBOLA, ANTHRAX AND SARS OUTBREAKS

    NT LEADS GENOMICS RESEARCH INITIATIVE THAT COULD HOLD THE KEY TO ENDING EBOLA, ANTHRAX AND SARS OUTBREAKS

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    A Darwin-led workshop will study African Ebola outbreaks, including the most recent devastating outbreak in West Africa, as part of this week’s inaugural Genomics North Australia (GNA) workshop training series.