Jeff is a generalist microbiologist with an interest in tropical infection disease. When, many years ago from his safe and secure life in Sydney, he asked a wise mentor how he could be involved in work in PNG the answer was: seek it out. So he did, and his subsequent work in rural PNG focused his professional and personal life in many ways.

He leads the Public Health and Environmental Microbiology research group within the discipline of Microbiology and Immunology and heads up a number of research projects including those centred on the biogeography/ecology of melioidosis, molecular epidemiology and rural laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis, and the pathophysiology and epidemiology of the enigmatic, sago haemolytic disease.

Above all Jeff enjoys working with students, colleagues and collaborators in work that is intriguing, rewarding and relevant to the tropics.

  • BM1001: Introduction to Biomedicine (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1022: Physiological Systems and Processes 2 (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • MD3012: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 of 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MI2011: Microbial Ecology (Level 2; TSV)
  • MI2021: Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology (Level 2; TSV)
  • MI3021: Clinical Microbiology 1 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MI3051: Clinical Microbiology 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MI5021: Advanced Clinical Microbiology 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MI5051: Advanced Clinical Microbiology 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • PC2207: Integrated Therapeutics 1 (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • PP3151: General Pathobiology (Level 3; TSV)
  • PP5151: General Pathobiology (Level 5; TSV)
  • Medical Laboratory Science / Pathology
  • Biogeography, ecology and molecular epidemiology of melioidosis
  • Validation of rural TB diagnostics
  • DR-TB surveillance and characterisation
  • Clinical epidemiology and pathophysiology of sago haemolytic disease
  • Discovery and development of novel antimicrobials / biocontrol agents
  • Microbiology / Medical science
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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 72+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Jeffrey Warner from 2001 onwards.

Current Funding

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

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

Effective PPE waste processing using microwave pyrolysis

Indicative Funding
$29,900 over 1 year (administered by Townsville University Hospital)
This project aims to investigate the feasibility of processing the PPE waste materials using a Microwave Assisted Waste processing technology developed at James Cook University. The specific objectives of the project are: i. Identify the processing conditions (e.g. Microwave power, time) suitable to kill pathogens in the waste material ii. Investigate the presence of pathogens in the residual material or by-products iii. Understand the physical and chemical properties of the by-products to identify potential applications
John Boekamp, Mohan Jacob and Jeffrey Warner (Townsville Hospital and Health Service, College of Science & Engineering, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Hospital Waste; Waste; Pyrolysis; Microwave Pyrolysis; Waste Processing

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Revealing the hidden knowledge in pathology big data: Machine learning to support clinical decision making for unknown infectious diseases and recognise biosecurity incursions in tropical Australia

Indicative Funding
$48,480 over 3 years
Pathology departments generate massive data from the results of routine and targeted tests conducted to serve community health needs. With the availability of large pathology data collections, the application of sophisticated machine learning (ML) algorithms allows the detection of novel data patterns to characterise disease processes and monitor population health. We will apply recursive partitioning (trees and forests) and support vector machines (SVM) to large pathology data sets to: (a) investigate the biosecurity potential of linked community data, and; (b) assist early decision support for patients presenting with a tropical pyrexia of unknown origin (PUOs).
Jeffrey Warner and Damon Eisen in collaboration with Emma McBryde, Catherine Rush and Brett Lidbury (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and Australian National University)
Big data; Pathology; Biosecurity; Meloidosis; Arboviral disease; Machine learning

National Health & Medical Research Council - Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme

HOT NORTH - Pilot Project - Round 4 - Cooking smoke and indoor air pollution : Impaired immunity to Tuberculosis at Australian's northern border?

Indicative Funding
$35,000 over 2 years (administered by Menzies School of Health Research)
Middle Fly region of PNG has very high rates of TB and pre-existing lung disease may play a significant role in the acquisition and development of TB disease. Our study will determine the burden and characteristics of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and investigate the resultant lung immune response defects in this community. In doing so we will build local capacity in lung function testing and laboratory analysis and optimise a pipeline of sample analysis of lung immune responses from PNG to JCU, Townsville. Such information will complement existing TB programmes in South Fly region of the Western Province.
Catherine Rush and Jeffrey Warner in collaboration with John McBride, Gary Nolan, Jerry Minei and Anna Ralph (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, College of Medicine & Dentistry, Townsville Hospital and Health Service and Menzies School of Health Research)
COPD; Papua New Guinea; Tuberculosis; Mycobacterium Tuberculosis; T-cell immunity

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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.

  • Understanding Immunity to Tuberculosis for the Rational Design of Improved Vaccines (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Studies in the immune response to lung disease: rural PNG and urban Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Persistence and Microecology of Burkholderia Pseudomallei in Townsville Groundwater (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Does Oxidative Stress drive the Evolution of Drug-resistant (DR) Mycobacterium Tunerculosis (Mtb) within the Infected Macrophage? (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Epidemiology of Soil-transmitted Helminths in a Community from Rural Papua New Guinea (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Role of Oxidative Stress in Driving the Evolution of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Systems serology analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis antibody profiles in plasma samples from individuals from Papua New Guinea (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Clinical epidemiology of sago induced haemolytic disease in rural lowland communities in Papua New Guinea (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • To develop a mathematic formula that will compare current and past pathology results to predict wrong blood in tube (WBIT). (Masters , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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