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Dr Anahit (Ani) Penesyan obtained her PhD from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) where she was working on a project exploring marine eukaryote-associated microbes for the production of bioactive metabolites, and the physiology/ecology of microbial biofilms under the supervision of Professor Staffan Kjelleberg.

Shortly after completing her PhD Dr Penesyan joined the research group of Professor Ian Paulsen at Macquarie University in 2011 where she was investigating antibiotic resistance in the hospital pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii

In 2012-2014, as an Australian Research Council (ARC) Super Science Fellow, Dr Penesyan worked with several research groups at Macquarie University on a collaborative project aiming to explore adaptations and interactions between microorganisms, and between microorganisms and the host, in cystic fibrosis using multi-pronged -omics approaches. 

After completing the Super Science project, and the two periods of parental leave (2015-2017), Dr Penesyan rejoined Professor Paulsen’s group in June 2017 leading the research on microbial biofilms, with a particular focus on mechanisms underlying the resistance of microbial biofilms to environmental stressors, including antibiotics.

Dr Penesyan has a widely recognised expertise in using genomics/transcriptomics/bioinformatics to understand microbial interactions, their adaptation & evolution, as well as biofilms, antibiotic resistance, and microbial physiology/ecology. 

Research interests

  • Biofilms
  • Microbial interactions
  • Antimicrobials
  • Infectious diseases
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Genomics and Transcriptomics
  • Bioinformatics

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Scedosporium Medicine & Life Sciences
Bacteria Medicine & Life Sciences
Cystic Fibrosis Medicine & Life Sciences
Biofilms Medicine & Life Sciences
Pseudomonas aeruginosa Medicine & Life Sciences
Pseudomonas Medicine & Life Sciences
Lung Medicine & Life Sciences
Genes Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2013 2017

Research Outputs 2003 2019

  • 765 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 19 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Meeting abstract

Interactions of an emerging fungal pathogen Scedosporium aurantiacum with human lung epithelial cells

Kaur, J., Kautto, L., Penesyan, A., Meyer, W., Elbourne, L. D. H., Paulsen, I. T. & Nevalainen, H., 22 Mar 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 10 p., 5035.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Fungal Spores
Epithelial Cells

Dual transcriptomics of host-pathogen interaction of cystic fibrosis isolate Pseudomonas aeruginosa PASS1 with zebrafish

Kumar, S. S., Tandberg, J. I., Penesyan, A., Elbourne, L. D. H., Suarez-Bosche, N., Don, E., Skadberg, E., Fenaroli, F., Cole, N., Winther-Larsen, H. C. & Paulsen, I. T., 22 Nov 2018, In : Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology. 8, p. 1-15 15 p., 406.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Host-Pathogen Interactions
Cystic Fibrosis
Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Disruption of transporters affiliated with enantio-pyochelin biosynthesis gene cluster of Pseudomonas protegens Pf-5 has pleiotropic effects

Lim, C. K., Penesyan, A., Hassan, K. A., Loper, J. E. & Paulsen, I. T., 1 Jul 2016, In : PLoS ONE. 11, 7, p. 1-16 16 p., e0159884.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Multigene Family
multigene family
Cystic Fibrosis
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Membrane Proteins
Mass spectrometry

Tiny microbes with a big impact: The role of cyanobacteria and their metabolites in shaping our future

Mazard, S., Penesyan, A., Ostrowski, M., Paulsen, I. T. & Egan, S., 1 May 2016, In : Marine Drugs. 14, 5, p. 1-19 19 p., 97.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Earth (Planet)
Drug Industry