About

Dr Graham Burgess is a Reader in Microbiology and Immunology at James Cook University. He coordinates or actively participates in the teaching of infectious diseases and related subjects in a number of courses and was the coordinator of the third-year veterinary science program at JCU. Major research interest is the study of the pathogenesis of viral diseases of animals and man. From 1991 to 1998 managing director of a biotechnology company owned by James Cook which manufactures products aimed at servicing the requirements of veterinary and medical pathology laboratories. 

Research projects in the past ten years have concentrated on the development of diagnostic assays using contemporary technologies and application of those techniques to study the epidemiology or pathogenesis of viral diseases. 

Recent research projects have concentrated on molecular diagnostics and molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases and the coordination of bioinformatics in several projects. They include the epidemiology of avian influenza in wild birds in North Queensland, molecular epidemiology of Chelonid Herpesvirus 5 in turtles and the molecular characterisation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates from Papua New Guinea.

Teaching
  • MI2011: Microbial Diversity (Level 2; TSV)
  • MI3071: Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes (Level 3; TSV)
  • MI5071: Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes (Level 5; TSV)
  • TV1002: Veterinary Professional Life 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • TV2002: Integrated Animal Structure and Function 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • TV5121: Infectious Diseases of Livestock (Level 5; TSV)
Experience
  • 1988 to 2013 - Reader, James Cook University (Townsville Qld)
  • 1986 to 1988 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville Qld)
  • 1983 to 1986 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville Qld)
  • 1976 to 1983 - Snr Vet Res Officer, Vic Dept Ag (Benalla Victoria)
  • 1973 to 1976 - Senior Lecturer, Massey University (New Zealand)
  • 1970 to 1973 - PhD Student, University of Queensland (Brisbane Qld)
Publications

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Current Funding

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Wildlife Health Australia - Research Grant

Monitoring of avian influenza and paramyxoviruses in samples collected from aquatic birds in North Queensland

Indicative Funding
$15,000
Summary
At least 500 fresh faecal samples from wild ducks and magpie geese will be collected as environmental samples in the Townsville region. Swabs in transport media and immediately transported to the laboratory. Samples will be pooled and nucleic acid extracted. The extracted nucleic acid will be screened using assays based on TaqMan that will detect avian influenza and avian Paramyxovirus?1. Pools that react will be individually extracted and tested. Avian influenza isolates will be checked using TaqMan specific for H5 and H7. Should the samples react in these assays it will be sent to AAHL for further testing and the CVO will be notified. Sequencing on all isolates other than those reacting in H5 and H7 will be carried out to determine genotype and to confirm pathotype.
Investigators
Graham Burgess and W Worth (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
RT-PCR; Viral Diseases; Paramyxoviridae; Molecular Biology; Influenza

Wildlife Health Australia - Research Grant

Monitoring of influenza virus in samples collected from aquatic bird species in North Queensland.

Indicative Funding
$10,000
Summary
Monitoring of wild bird populations for the presence of avian influenza has been carried out in four locations in Queensland including Cape York and Atherton tableland, Townsville region and south-east corner.
Investigators
Graham Burgess (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
RT-PCR; Viral disease
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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.

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  • Development and Validation of Molecular Tools to Identify Tuberculosis (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Viral Disease of Australian Reptiles: Agamid Adenovirus (PhD , Advsor Mentor)
  • The Identification of Potential Links Between Fibropapilloma Prevalence in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia Mydas) and Heavy metal Contamination Along the Great Barrier Reef, Australia (PhD , Advsor Mentor)
  • Environmental Influences in the Epidemiology of Fibropapillomatosis in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) and Consequences for Management of Inshore Areas of the Great Barrier Reef. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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