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)
  • BM3000: Advanced Projects in Biomedicine (Level 3; TSV)
  • BM5000: Advanced Projects in Biomedicine (Level 5; TSV)
  • MI2011: Microbial Diversity (Level 2; TSV)
  • MI2021: Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology (Level 2; TSV)
  • MI3021: Clinical Microbiology (Level 3; TSV)
  • MI3051: Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases (Level 3; TSV)
  • MI5021: Advanced Clinical Microbiology (Level 5; TSV)
  • MI5051: Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases (Level 5; TSV)
  • PC2206: Integrated Therapeutics 1 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC2207: Integrated Therapeutics 1 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PP3151: General Pathobiology (Level 3; TSV)
  • PP5151: General Pathobiology (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5503: Human Parasitology (Level 5; TSV)
  • TV5110: General Pathology (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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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 63+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Jeffrey Warner from 2001 onwards.

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

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 2 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.

  • Development of adjuvant therapy to treat biofilm related Staphylococcus aureus prosthetic joint infection (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Longitudinal Study on Allostatic Load Biomarkers and its Impact on Mental Illness/Health (PhD , Secondary 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)
  • The Role of Oxidative Stress in Driving the Evolution of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Gastrointestinal parasites, Tuberculosis co-infection and immune status in a Tuberculosis endemic community in remote Papua New Guinea (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Studies in the development and evaluation of molecular tools for the identification and characterisation of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis in resource limited settings. (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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