Donna Rudd lectures in the areas of Clinical Biochemistry, Laboratory Management and Medical Laboratory Science in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. She has background in Medical Laboratory Science and has completed a PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology.  

Donna has been working in public and private pathology and education roles throughout north Queensland since 1993 and prior to this, worked in Sydney.

Donna's research interests include all things chemical pathology but particularly diagnostics and the translation of biomarkers into clinical practice. Her current projects include development and translation of novel biomarkers for the investigation of renal disease in collaboration with the NICU at TTH, subarachinoid haemorhage  and pregnancy dysfunction.

  • BM1001: Introduction to Biomedicine (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1003: Biomedicine in the Tropics (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)
  • MD2011: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • ML3102: Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance (Level 3; TSV)
  • ML4301: Clinical Biochemistry 1 (Level 4; TSV)
  • ML4302: Clinical Biochemistry 2 (Level 4; TSV)
  • ML5301: Advanced Clinical Biochemistry 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • ML5309: Advanced Histology and Cytology Techniques (Level 5; TSV)
  • PP3151: General Pathobiology (Level 3; TSV)
  • PP3251: Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics (Level 3; TSV)
  • PP5151: General Pathobiology (Level 5; TSV)
  • PP5251: Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics (Level 5; TSV)
  • TV5110: General Pathology (Level 5; TSV)
  • Biomarkers
  • Indigenous Health
  • Diagnosis of renal disease
  • Diagnostics
  • Pathology Utilization
  • Microbiome
  • 2020 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2014 to 2019 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2013 to 2014 - Supervising Scientist Chemical Pathology, Pathology QLD (Townsville)
  • 2002 to 2013 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1993 to 2002 - Senior Scientist, Townsville Pathology (Townsville)
  • 1985 to 1993 - Scientist, Sugerman's Pathology (Sydney)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2014 - Australian Award for University Teaching -Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 29+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Donna Rudd from 2007 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

National Health & Medical Research Council - Project Grant

The Relationship between Maternal Health and Infant Renal Development and Function

Indicative Funding
$175,000 over 4 years (administered by University of Newcastle)
This will be the first study to comprehensively link the maternal environment, including maternal renal size and ethnicity, to the development of the human fetal kidney and subsequent childhood kidney growth and function in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. Developing non-invasive measures of renal development and understanding the pathway to reduce nephron number in Indigenous infants is essential for the planning of public health interventions to reduce Indigenous disadvantage in renal health.
Yoga Kandasamy, Roger Smith, Eugenie Lumbers, Ian Wright and Donna Rudd (The University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Paediatric Health; Renal; Biomarkers; Neonatel Intensive Care

Townsville Hospital and Health Service - Study Education Research Trust Account (SERTA)

Discovering the Faecal Microbiome Associated with Pre-Term Birth

Indicative Funding
$9,494 (administered by Townsville Hospital and Health Service)
Development of the pre-term gut microbiome is important for immediate and longer term health outcomes. Much of what is known about the infant and neonatal microbiome has been derived from healthy full term infants. Collecting and understanding the microbiome of the TTH NICU cohort would provide a unique insight into the microbial development and in pre-term babies admitted to the NICU. This information will provide further evidence for interventions currently undertaken in the NICU such as administration of probiotics to infants <32 weeks. This project supports evidence-based multidisciplinary research in a novel way to assess the neonatal microbiome development.
Yoga Kandasamy, Donna Rudd, Robert Norton and Roger Huerlimann (Townsville Hospital and Health Service, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Townsville Health Service District and College of Science & Engineering)
Human; Neonatal; Term or Pre-Term; Microbiome; Probiotics

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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.

  • Non-invasive assessment of renal parenchymal development in the fetus (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Nephrin – A novel biomarker for determining acute kidney injury (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Discovering Faecal Microbiome Associated with Pre-Term Birth (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Developing New Tools to Improve Fish Production and Understand the Causes of Infertility in Barramundi (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • VEGR as a Novel Marker for ROP and Renal Health (Masters , Primary Advisor)

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

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