• 833 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
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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

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Infectious diseases and microbial pathogenicity
  • Microbial biofilms
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Microbial ecology and physiology
  • Microbial interactions
  • Biotechnology and bioremediation
  • Drug discovery

External positions

Senior Research Associate, The University of New South Wales

May 2019 → …

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Cystic Fibrosis Medicine & Life Sciences
Biofilms Medicine & Life Sciences
Pseudomonas aeruginosa Medicine & Life Sciences
Scedosporium Medicine & Life Sciences
Bacteria Medicine & Life Sciences
Pseudomonas Medicine & Life Sciences
Host-Pathogen Interactions Medicine & Life Sciences
Virulence Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2013 2017

Research Outputs 2003 2019

  • 833 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 22 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Meeting abstract

Antibiotic enhanced dopamine polymerization for engineering antifouling and antimicrobial membranes

Zhao, S., Golestani, M., Penesyan, A., Deng, B., Zheng, C. & Strezov, V., 29 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Chinese Chemical Letters. 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Anti-Bacterial Agents

Catabolism of nucleic acids by a cystic fibrosis Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolate: an adaptive pathway to cystic fibrosis sputum environment

Kumar, S. S., Penesyan, A., Elbourne, L. D. H., Gillings, M. R. & Paulsen, I. T., 31 May 2019, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 10, May, p. 1-14 14 p., 1199.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Cystic Fibrosis
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Nucleic Acids

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, p. 1-10 10 p., 5035.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Fungal Spores
Epithelial Cells

Rapid microevolution of biofilm cells in response to antibiotics

Penesyan, A., Nagy, S. S., Kjelleberg, S., Gillings, M. R. & Paulsen, I. T., Nov 2019, In : npj Biofilms and Microbiomes. 5, p. 1-14 14 p., 34.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Acinetobacter baumannii
Microbial Drug Resistance

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