Projects per year
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.
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.
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.
- 1 Similar Profiles
Dive into details
Select a country/territory to view shared publications and projects
Tackling Hospital Acquired Infections with Peptide Mimics
Willcox, M. D. P., Kumar, N., Boyer, C., Wong, E., McKenzie, D., Suchowerska, N. & Vickery, K.
1/01/20 → 31/12/23
A research assistant to build capacity in and use of Macquarie's bioreactor equipment: towards production and maintenance of live bioartificial tissues for sustainable scientific use
Sen, I., Avolio, A., Gillatt, D., Zvyagin, A., De Deene, Y., Vickery, K., Fuerbach, A. & Parker, L.
1/01/17 → …
Biosecurity Futures Research Centre
Taylor, P., Gillings, M., Raftos, D., Leishman, M., Sunna, A., Bishop, M., Barron, A., Beattie, A., Beaumont, L., Connally, R., Grech, A., Griffith, S., Guillemin, G., Hughes, L., Inglis, D., Jamie, I., Jamie, J., Lu, Y., Morelli De andrade, R., Nevalainen, H., Park, S. J., Perez, J., Power, M., Ranjan, R. & Vickery, K.
1/07/15 → …
The role of implant surface modification on development of biofilm infection
Vickery, K. & Chinchen, G.
1/02/11 → …
Efficacy of aerosolised disinfectant to kill surface-associated Staphylococcus aureus on contact
9/09/20 → 30/09/20
Staphylococcus aureus cell wall phenotypic changes associated with biofilm maturation and water availability: a key contributing factor for chlorine resistanceParvin, F., Rahman, M. A., Deva, A. K., Vickery, K. & Hu, H., 5 Mar 2023, In: International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 24, 5, p. 1-16 16 p., 4983.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Downloads (Pure)
A novel drug combination strategy that redesigns the pharmacological management of oral cancer.Chakraborty, R., Darido, C., Hu, H., Vickery, K. & Ranganathan, S., 2022, In: Journal of Clinical Oncology. 40, 16 Suppl., p. 18053-18053 1 p., e18053.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Meeting abstractOpen Access
A review on the dual role of SOCS3 in cancerChakraborty, R., Darido, C., Alnakli, A. A. A., Hu, H. & Vickery, K., Jun 2022, In: Research in Oncology. 18, 1, p. 1-9 9 p., 1.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Literature review › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Downloads (Pure)
Biofilm accumulation in new flexible gastroscope channels in clinical usePrimo, M. G. B., Tipple, A. F. V., Costa, D. D. M., Guadagnin, S. V. T., Azevedo, A. S., De Oliveira Leão-Vasconcelos, L. S. N., Alfa, M. & Vickery, K., Feb 2022, In: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 43, 2, p. 174-180 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Biofilm on toothbrushes of children with cystic fibrosis: a potential source of lung re-infection after antibiotic treatment?Hu, H., Clothier, N., Jacombs, A., Mckay, K., Deva, A. K. & Vickery, K., 14 Mar 2022, In: Materials. 15, 6, p. 1-7 7 p., 2139.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Major international regulatory action against high risk breast implants
Honghua Hu (Participant), Anand Deva (Participant) & Karen Vickery (Participant)
Impact: Health impacts