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Associate Professor Karen Vickery

BVSc (Hons) (USyd), MVSc (USyd), PhD (USyd), MASM.

Macquarie University Vice Chancellor Innovation Fellow. Scientific Director, Surgical Infection Research Group, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University.

Research Overview

A/Professor Vickery graduated from Veterinary Science with honours in 1979 and worked in general veterinary practice in NSW and in the United Kingdom. She obtained her PhD in 1996 investigating hepatitis B virus (HBV). She is a Scientific Director for the Surgical Infection Research Group at Macquarie University (MQ) and is primarily responsible for investigating medically important biofilms. In 2011, she was awarded a MQ Vice Chancellors Innovation Fellowship to investigate biofilm contamination of medical implants and surfaces. In 2013 she became lead investigator on an ARC Linkage grant researching detergency and surface biofilms. A/Professor Vickery has 67 peer reviewed journal articles and a career H index of 23.

Research Translation

A/Professor Vickery’s publications on blood borne viruses, biofilm and disinfection have served to educate professionals involved with disinfection and sterilization. In 2009, her method for biocide efficacy testing against HBV (Epidemiol Infect 1991;106: 435) was recommended by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in TGO#54B. Her papers have laid the foundation for the introduction of better decontamination protocols and are referenced by professional societies like Gastroenterological Society of Australia, 2010 (Infection Control in Endoscopy) and the 2009 Standards of Infection Control in Reprocessing Flexible Endoscopes, Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) USA.

A/Professor Vickery continues to work on medically relevant biofilms. She is actively involved in:

  • Prevention of biofilm formation on implantable medical devices by surface modification.
  • Early diagnosis of biofilm formation on implantable medical devices.
  • Biofilm removal strategies from hospital surfaces.
  • Investigating the role that biofilm plays in the transmission of infection within the healthcare environment.
  • Improving healing of biofilm infected chronic wounds.

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Projects 2010 2019

Research Outputs 1989 2019

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Intensive Care Units

Transmission of Staphylococcus aureus from dry surface biofilm (DSB) via different types of gloves

Tahir, S., Chowdhury, D., Legge, M., Hu, H., Whiteley, G., Glasbey, T., Deva, A. K. & Vickery, K., Jan 2019, In : Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 40, 1, p. 60-64 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Staphylococcus aureus
Surgical Gloves

Understanding the microbiome of diabetic foot osteomyelitis: insights from molecular and microscopic approaches

Johani, K., Fritz, B. G., Bjarnsholt, T., Lipsky, B. A., Jensen, S. O., Yang, M., Dean, A., Hu, H., Vickery, K. & Malone, M., Mar 2019, In : Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 25, 3, p. 332-339 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Diabetic Foot
Bone and Bones

Characterization of microbial community composition, antimicrobial resistance and biofilm on intensive care surfaces

Johani, K., Abualsaud, D., Costa, D. M., Hu, H., Whiteley, G., Deva, A. & Vickery, K., 1 May 2018, In : Journal of Infection and Public Health. 11, 3, p. 418-424 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Critical Care
Bacterial Load
Multiple Drug Resistance

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., 2 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Hospital Infection.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Surgical Instruments
Electron Scanning Microscopy