I have broad interests in the use of molecular techniques for detection of pathogenic microbes and identification and characterisation of viruses, as well a strong interest in the development of bacteriophage for use as biocontrol agents (phage therapy).  From an educational standpoint, I am interested in the development and use of technologies in teaching, particularly in the teaching of molecular microbiology.  In addition I have an interest in assisting students in cross disciplinary research involving microbial components.

 Current research projects include several aquatic invertebrate projects involving molecular characterisation of viral disease.  These include examination of genomes for identification of new viruses, developing an understanding of how these viruses work as well as examining new methods of controlling disease.  Current bacteriophage work includes developing rice models of Burkholderia pseudomallei infection and bacteriophage therapy as well as development of new delivery systems of bacteriophage to intracellular sites.  Education research currently underway involves surveying student perceptions of video teaching tools in microbiology laboratory environment.   I have also recently joined the HART-BEAT research alliance to maximise the effectiveness of my research as my interests and skills are complementary to this group

  • 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)
  • TV3001: Transitions from Health to Disease 1 (Level 3; TSV)
  • bacteriophage therapy and biocontrol, including development of models of infection and novel delivery systems
  • microbial ecology
  • molecular microbiology diagnostics development
  • molecular characterisation of viruses
  • development of digital resources such as video and animation for flexible learning
  • 2007 to 2009 - Research Lab Supervisor, James Cook University (Department of Microbiology and Immunology)
  • 2005 to 2006 - Research Officer, Tropbio (Townsville)
  • 2004 - Research Assistant, James Cook University (Department Microbiology and Immunology)
  • 2000 to 2001 - Research Assistant, James Cook University (Clinical School Research Laboratory)
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  • 2014 - CI(1) Research Infrastructure Block Grant, JCU (Department of Innovation Industry Science & Research); ($114 831)
  • 2013 - CI(2) Research Infrastructure Block Grant, JCU (Department of Innovation Industry Science & Research); ($11 378)
  • 2012 - CI(1) Effect of Gamma Irradiation on the Shelf Life and Quality Characteristics of Tempe; Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering Ltd ($3825)
  • 2011 - CI(1) Bacteriophage Therapy for Melioidosis ; Faculty Internal Research Allocation, JCU; ($2795)
  • 2010 - CI(1)Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility TAP (travel) grant; Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF); ($3880)
  • 2009 - CI(1) Faculty Administered Internal Grant; Bacteriophage of Leptospira; ($5200)
  • Australian Society for Microbiology
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • School QC2 Quarantine Officer
  • 2012 - Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Tertiary)
  • 2006 - Awarded PhD, thesis title: Bacteriophage of Burkholderia pseudomallei; Friend or Foe?
  • 1999 - Graduate Diploma of Biomedical Sciences, Thesis title; Invasive Listerial Infection
  • 1991 - Bachelor of Science with Honours, thesis title; Synthetic and metal ion transport studies involving lipophilic N2O2-donor macrocyclic ionophores

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 17+ research outputs authored by Dr Jennifer Elliman from 2007 onwards.

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

Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation - Research Grant

Viral Causes of Crayfish Handling Mortalities

Indicative Funding
$20,000 over 2 years (administered by North Queensland Crayfish Farmers Assn)
Northern Queensland crayfish from farms affected by stress, particularly transportation stress, started to die with mortality reaching 20-40% after about three weeks. Two new viruses were found, Cheque iflavirus and Athtab Bunya-like virus. This research will determine the infection cycle of the viruses to understand how to intervene and control the impact of these viruses.
Leigh Owens, Jennifer Elliman and Kitikarn Sakuna in collaboration with Colin Valverde (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and North Queensland Crayfish Farmer's Association)
Redclaw Crayfish; Iflavirus; Bunya-like virus; Parastacidae; Cherax quadricarinatus; RNA Interference

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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.

  • Presence and Impact of Viruses in Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) from Northern Great Barrier Reef (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Development of Cell Cultures to Propogate Crustacean Viruses (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Novel RNA viruses causing muscle lesions in red claw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Studies in the Ecology and Biocontrol of Burkholderia Pseudomallei (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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