Dr Michael Binks

Senior research fellow


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


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


Michael has been involved with Indigenous health research for over 14 years. After completing a Bachelor of Science he joined Menzies in 1997 to work in the area of infectious diseases with a focus on group-A-Streptococcus and one of its post infectious sequelae, glomerular nephritis.

From 2000, Michael spent several years in the bacterial pathogenesis laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane where he continued his work on streptococcal infections and completed further studies on nutrition and natural medicine before returning to Menzies in 2008. Since then he has been involved in molecular and microbiological characterisation of the respiratory pathogens found in Indigenous children of the Northern Territory. In 2011 he was awarded NHMRC and Douglas and Lola Douglas PhD scholarships to investigate the potential role of vitamin D in the prevention of acute respiratory infections.

  1. Binks, M., McMillan, D., & Sriprakash, K.S. (2003). Genomic location and variation of the gene for CRS, a complement binding protein in the M57 strains of Streptococcus pyogenes. Infection and Immunology, 71(12), 6701-6706.
  2. Binks, M., & Sriprakash, K.S. (2004). Characterization of a complement-binding protein, DRS, from strains of Streptococcus pyogenes containing the emm12 and emm55 genes. Infection and Immunology, 72(7), 3981-3986.
  3. Binks, M.J., Cheng, A.C., Smith-Vaughan, H., Sloots, T., Nissen, M., Whiley, D., et al. (2011). Viral-bacterial co-infection in Australian Indigenous children with acute otitis media. BMC Infectious Diseases, 11, 161.
  4. Binks, M.J., Fernie-King, B.A., Seilly, D.J., Lachmann, P.J., & Sriprakash, K.S. (2005). Attribution of the various inhibitory actions of the streptococcal inhibitor of complement (SIC) to regions within the molecule. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 280(20), 20120-20125.
  5. Binks, M.J., Temple, B., Kirkham, L.A., Wiertsema, S.P., Dunne, E.M., Richmond, P.C., et al. (2012). Molecular surveillance of true nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae: an evaluation of PCR screening assays. PLoS One, 7(3), e34083.
  6. Hare, K.M., Binks, M.J., Grimwood, K., Chang, A.B., Leach, A.J., & Smith-Vaughan, H. (2012). Culture and PCR detection of Haemophilus influenzae and Haemophilus haemolyticus in Australian Indigenous children with bronchiectasis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 50(7), 2444-2445.
  7. Hare, K.M., Marsh, R.L., Binks, M.J., Grimwood, K., Pizzutto, S.J., Leach, A.J., et al. (2012). Quantitative PCR confirms culture as the gold standard for detection of lower airway infection by nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae in Australian Indigenous children with bronchiectasis. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 92(3), 270-272.
  8. Marsh, R., Smith-Vaughan, H., Hare, K.M., Binks, M., Kong, F., Warning, J., et al. (2010). The nonserotypeable pneumococcus: phenotypic dynamics in the era of anticapsular vaccines. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 48(3), 831-835.
  9.  Marsh, R.L., Binks, M.J., Beissbarth, J., Christensen, P., Morris, P.S., Leach, A.J., et al. (2012). Quantitative PCR of ear discharge from Indigenous Australian children with acute otitis media with perforation supports a role for Alloiococcus otitidis as a secondary pathogen. BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders, 12, 11
  10. Smith-Vaughan, H., Marsh, R., Mackenzie, G., Fisher, J., Morris, P.S., Hare, K., et al. (2009). Age-specific cluster of cases of serotype 1 Streptococcus pneumoniae carriage in remote indigenous communities in Australia. Clinical Vaccine Immunology, 16(2), 218-221. 
Click here to view more Michael Binks publications in PubMed.


  1. Focus on infections

    Focus on infections


    RESEARCH by a Charles Darwin University PhD candidate into a respiratory disease that hospitalises indigenous children throughout the NT is aimed at helping these kids breathe easier.

  2. $12 Million NT Investment aims to save lives

    $12 Million NT Investment aims to save lives


    Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt AM today announced the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding for researchers at Darwinís Menzies School of Medical Research, covering Indigenous-specific and broader health projects.