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)
  • MI2021: Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology (Level 2; TSV)
  • MI3021: Clinical Microbiology (Level 3; TSV)
  • MI3051: Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases (Level 3; TSV)
  • MI5051: Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases (Level 5; TSV)
  • ML3102: Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance (Level 3; TSV)
  • ML4304: Clinical Placement 2 (Level 4; TSV)
  • ML4307: Haematology 1 (Level 4; TSV)
  • ML4308: Haematology 2 (Level 4; TSV)
  • ML4404: Medical Laboratory Science Research Elective (Level 4; TSV)
  • PC2201: Infectious Diseases and Immunology for Pharmacists (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 58+ 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.

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 (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.

  • Effectiveness of Salicylic Acid and Ibuprofen in Disrupting Bacterial Biofilm Formation (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Longitudinal Study on Allostatic Load Biomarkers and its Impact on Mental Illness/Health (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Genome surveillance of bacterial pathogens (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Epidemiological profile of tuberculosis patients from the Torres Strait Islands, including Treaty visitors from Papua New Guinea to the Torres Strait Protected Zone (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Clinical Epidemiology of Sago Haemolytic Disease, and It's Distribution and Determinants among Affected Communities in Western Province, Papua New Guinea (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Efficacy of the DeStress for Success Education program on Attenuating Depressive Symptomatology in Adolescents (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • To develop a mathematic formula that will compare current and past pathology results to predict wrong blood in tube (WBIT). (Masters , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Development and Validation of Molecular Tools to Identify Tuberculosis (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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

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