Dr Robyn Marsh

Senior research officer

Qualifications:

PhD, Charles Darwin University, 2012; MSc, Northern Territory University, 2001; BAppSc(MLS), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1994.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Associate Supervisor for Masters

Location:

Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus

Biography:

Robyn’s research aims to improve understanding of microbial factors that contribute to the onset, progression and persistence of chronic lung and middle ear infections affecting children. She is specifically interested in understanding how bacteria in complex polymicrobial communities contribute to the onset and progression of chronic mucosal infections.

Her research draws together bacterial, viral and biofilm studies to achieve better understanding of the microbial ecology of chronic respiratory and ear infections. This includes the application of OMICs technologies to characterise the structure and function of upper and lower airway bacterial communities. The long-term aim of this research is to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage chronic lung and ear infections.

Robyn is the 2020 Al & Val Rosenstrauss Fellowship recipient. 

  •  Nasopharyngeal microbiota among children with chronic respiratory and middle ear infections
  •  Middle ear microbiota among children with chronic suppurative otitis media
  •  Global Host-Associated Ornithobacterium Sequencing and Typing project (GHOST)
  •  Does Ornithobacterium hominins affect the growth of respiratory pathogens?
  •  Enabling a traditional Australian medicinal plants agribusiness
  •  Ramaciotti Centre for Excellence in Building Regional and Remote Biomedical Capability
  1. .Lawrence KA., Harris TM., Salter SJ., Hall RW., Smith-Vaughan HC., et al. (2019) Method for culturing Candidatus Ornithobacterium hominis. J Microbiol Methods, 159, 157-160.
  2. .Marsh RL.,  Smith-Vaughan HC., Chen ACH., Marchant JM., Yerkovich ST., Gibson PG., et al. (2019) Multiple respiratory microbiota profiles are associated with lower airway inflammation in children with protracted bacterial bronchitis. Chest, 155(4):778-786.
  3. .Nelson MT., Pope CE., Marsh RL., Wolter DJ., Weiss EJ., Hager KR., et al. (2019) Human and extracellular DNA depletion for metagenomic analysis of complex clinical infection samples yields optimized viable microbiome profiles. Cell Rep, 26(8):2227-2240.
  4. .Marsh RL., Nelson MT., Pope CE., Leach AJ., Hoffman LR., Chang AB., et al. (2018) How low can we go? Implications of low bacterial load in respiratory microbiota studies. Pneumonia, 10:7.
  5. .Coleman A., Wood A., Bialasiewicz S., Ware RS., Marsh RL., et al. (2018) The unsolved problem of otitis media in indigenous populations: a systematic review of upper respiratory and middle ear microbiology in indigenous children with otitis media. Microbiome, 5(1):199.
  6. .Beissbarth J., Binks MJ., Marsh RL., Chang AB., Leach AJ., Smith-Vaughan HC., (2018) Recommendations for application of Haemophilus influenzae PCR diagnostics to respiratory specimens for children living in northern Australia: a retrospective re-analysis. BMC Res Notes, 11(1):323.
  7. .Marsh RL., Kaestli M., Chang AB., Binks MJ., Pope CE., Hoffman LR., et al. (2016) The microbiota in bronchoalveolar lavage from young children with chronic lung disease includes taxa present in both the oropharynx and nasopharynx. Microbiome, 4(1):37.
  8. .Jervis-Bardy J., Rogers GB., Morris PS., Smith-Vaughan HC., Nosworthy E., Leong LE., et al. (2015) The microbiome of otitis media with effusion in Indigenous Australian children. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol, 79(9):1548-1555.
  9. .Jervis-Bardy J., Leong LE., Marri S., Smith RJ., Choo JM., Smith-Vaughan HC., et al. (2015) Deriving accurate microbiota profiles from human samples with low bacterial context through post-sequencing processing of Illumina MiSeq data. Microbiome, 3:19..
  10. Marsh RL., Thornton RB., Smith-Vaughan HC., Richmond P., Pizzutto SJ., Chang AB.. (2015) Detection of biofilm in bronchoalveolar lavage from children with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. Ped Pulm, 50(3):284-292

    Click here to view more Robyn Marsh publications in PubMed.

  1. NT News | $300k raised to assist in bridging gap

    NT News | $300k raised to assist in bridging gap

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    SMALL acts of charity and an AFL legend from the Territory have played a crucial role in raising $300,000 for five new traineeships at a cutting-edge research centre in Darwin.

  2. CDU Origins Edition 1 2020 | Award secures future of NT biomedical services

    CDU Origins Edition 1 2020 | Award secures future of NT biomedical services

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    Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan and her Menzies team are using the 2019 biennial Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award to establish a sustainable centre for excellence focussing on biomedical career entry and progression for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  3. Healthy Tomorrow | Christmas edition 2019

    Healthy Tomorrow | Christmas edition 2019

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    In this edition, we are proud to present a snapshot of the announcements, awards and events that have occurred over the past few months.

  4. Ramaciotti Biomedical Award worth $1 million granted to Northern Territory research team

    Ramaciotti Biomedical Award worth $1 million granted to Northern Territory research team

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    The biennial Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award, worth $1 million, has been granted to a biomedical research team at the Menzies School of Health Research, based in Darwin.

  5. Ramaciotti Foundations recognise strides in Australian-based research

    Ramaciotti Foundations recognise strides in Australian-based research

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    Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan and her team at Menzies have been awarded the biennial Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award, worth $1 million.

  6. Large donation for vital research

    Large donation for vital research

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    The generous staff at Darwin Airport have donated $13,000 to Menzies School of Health Research to go towards the purchase of Anaerobic Chamber.

  7. Anaerobic Chamber to help improve lives of Indigenous Children.

    Anaerobic Chamber to help improve lives of Indigenous Children.

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    The Chamber is a crucial piece of equipment for growing anaerobic bacteria that can be found in children under the age of 5 with middle ear infections and chronic lung disease.

  8. NHMRC features Menzies' researcher Robyn Marsh

    NHMRC features Menzies' researcher Robyn Marsh

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    NHMRC Frank Fenner early career fellowship winner Robyn Marsh talks about her research experience.

  9. Territory researchers win national awards

    Territory researchers win national awards

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    Two researchers from Menzies School of Health Research were recognised for their contribution to the science community at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Gala Dinner held at Parliament House in Canberra last night.