• 1259 Citations
  • 19 h-Index

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I was awarded my PhD degree in 2005 in Molecular Microbiology at The University of Sydney. Since 2011, I have been working as a Research Fellow in Surgical Infection Research Group in Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. Together with A/Prof. Vickery and Prof. Deva, I have worked on various bacterial biofilm related projects, including: microbiome of bacterial biofilms in medical implants and devices: breast implants, dental implants, orthopaedic implants and endoscope tubes; microbiome of biofilms in the healthcare environment, chronic wounds and cystic fibrosis lung.

During my research career, I have achieved over 50 refereed publications and built up a strong background in bacterial biofilm research fields, with expertise in both bacterial biofilm and molecular microbiology study. My technique expertise includes molecular quantification, identification and genotyping of bacteria, quantitative real-time PCR, fluorescent in situ hybridisation, next generation sequencing data analysis to study microbiome (bacterial community) associated with medical implants, medical devices, surgical equipment, hospital environment, chronic wounds and cystic fibrosis lung.

Education/Academic qualification

Molecular Microbiology, PhD, University of Sydney

Mar 1999Mar 2005

Higher Education, Graduate Certificate, University of Sydney

Feb 2001Dec 2001

Microbiology, Bachelor of Life Science, Fudan University

Sep 1986Jul 1990

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Research Outputs

  • 1259 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
  • 49 Article
  • 3 Comment/opinion
  • 3 Review article

Host DNA depletion efficiency of microbiome DNA enrichment methods in infected tissue samples

Heravi, F. S., Zakrzewski, M., Vickery, K. & Hu, H., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Microbiological Methods. 170, p. 1-8 8 p., 105856.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Bacterial diversity of diabetic foot ulcers: current status and future prospectives

    Sadeghpour Heravi, F., Zakrzewski, M., Vickery, K., Armstrong, D. G. & Hu, H., 10 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Medicine. 8, 11, p. 1-18 18 p., 1935.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • Biofilm contamination of high-touched surfaces in intensive care units: epidemiology and potential impacts

    Costa, D. M., Johani, K., Melo, D. S., Lopes, L. K. O., Lopes Lima, L. K. O., Tipple, A. F. V., Hu, H. & Vickery, K., 1 Apr 2019, In : Letters in Applied Microbiology. 68, 4, p. 269-276 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Complex design of surgical instruments as barrier for cleaning effectiveness, favouring biofilm formation

    Lopes, L. K. O., Costa, D. M., Tipple, A. F. V., Watanabe, E., Castillo, R. B., Hu, H., Deva, A. K. & Vickery, K., Sep 2019, In : Journal of Hospital Infection. 103, 1, p. e53-e60 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Difficulty in removing biofilm from dry surfaces

    Parvin, F., Hu, H., Whiteley, G. S., Glasbey, T. & Vickery, K., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Hospital Infection. 103, 4, p. 465-467 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)