Alanna Sorenson is a scientist and lecturer within the Discipline of Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Biology in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University. Alanna undertook her bachelor’s and honour's degrees in Biomedical Science at James Cook University and received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from James Cook University.

Her primary research interest is on the use of novel techniques such as differential scanning fluorimetry of GFP-tagged proteins (DSF-GTP) to identify new antibiotics specific for drug resistant bacteria. She is interested in using this technique in high-throughput screening for drug discovery with a wide variety of protein targets in pathogenic organisms and cancer. Alanna’s research also focuses on using fluorescent proteins as biological sciences and the development of improved diagnostic tests for detection of antibodies and target proteins.

  • BC2023: Molecular Genetics (Level 2; TSV)
  • BC3201: Bioengineering (Level 3; TSV)
  • BC5201: Advanced Bioengineering (Level 5; TSV)
  • BM1000: Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology (Level 1; TSV & CNS)
  • BM1001: Introduction to Biomedicine (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1002: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1031: Anatomy and Physiology for Occupational Therapy 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1041: Anatomy and Physiology for Physiotherapy 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1061: Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1201: Energy Metabolism: Powering Life (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1210: Structure to Function: Cells to Systems (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1300: Genes and Health (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1310: Structure to Function: Control and Movement (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM3000: Advanced Projects in Biomedicine (Level 3; TSV)
  • BM5000: Advanced Projects in Biomedicine (Level 5; TSV)
  • BM5001: Professional Placement 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • BM5002: Professional Placement 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • BM5003: Clinical Measurements 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • BM5004: Clinical Measurements 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • TV1102: Cell Biology and Biochemistry for Veterinary Science and Agriculture (Level 1; TSV)
  • TV2001: Integrated Animal Structure and Function 1 (Level 2; TSV)
  • Diagnostic test development
  • Identifying new antibiotics
  • Melioidosis/Burkholderia pseudomallei
  • Q fever/ Coxiella burnetii
  • Tuberculosis
  • Flaviviruses
  • Fluorescent proteins
  • Differential scanning fluorimetry
  • 2023 to present - Course Coordinator, Biomedical Sciences, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2018 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2015 to 2018 - Adjunct Researcher, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2016 - Teaching Technician, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2014 to 2015 - Research Worker, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Postdoctoral Researcher, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 - Contract Researcher, North Queensland Crayfish Farmers Association (Townsville, Tolga)
  • 2007 to 2011 - Doctor of Philosophy, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2010 - Microbiology Technician, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2010 - Contract Researcher, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2009 to 2010 - Technician, TropBio PtyLtd, James Cook University (Townsville)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2023 - CPHMVS Dean's Awards 2022
  • 2020 to 2023 - Sandpit to Seed Innovation funding
  • 2014 - Centre for Biosecurity and Tropical Infectious Diseases Seed Funding x2
  • 2007 to 2010 - Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2007 - James Cook University Academic Medal
  • 2011 - Australian College of Tropical Medicine/ Queensland Tropical Health Alliance
  • 2011 - Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 2007 to 2011 - Australian Society for Microbiology

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 28+ research outputs authored by Dr Alanna Sorenson from 2007 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Characterisation of host-specific bacterial symbionts of corals (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Characterising the Burkholderia pseudomallei replisome for future melioidosis drug discovery (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development of a Universal Rapid Diagnostic Test for Influenza A, B and SARS-COV-2 (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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