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.

One current research project involves molecular characterisation of viral diseases in aquatic invertebrates.  This includes 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.  I also have a current project involving utilising phage therapy to control ear infections in dogs.

  • BM1003: Biomedicine in the Tropics (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1110: Molecules to Microbes (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM3000: Advanced Projects in Biomedicine (Level 3; TSV)
  • BM5000: Advanced Projects in Biomedicine (Level 5; TSV)
  • MI2011: Microbial Ecology (Level 2; TSV)
  • MI3071: Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes (Level 3; TSV)
  • MI5071: Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes (Level 5; TSV)
  • TV1102: Cell Biology and Biochemistry for Veterinary Science and Agriculture (Level 1; TSV)
  • TV1103: Fundamentals of Veterinary Science (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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  • 2015 - C1(2) James Cook University Partnership Grant: Sequence Identification of a new virus impacting the crayfish industry for RNAi intervention ($35706)
  • 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)
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Australian Society for Microbiology
  • 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

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 28+ research outputs authored by Dr Jennifer Elliman from 2007 onwards.


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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 a Phage Library to treat P.aeruginosa Infections in Dog Ears - a Model for future Phage therapy development (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • The Persistence and Microecology of Burkholderia Pseudomallei in Townsville Groundwater (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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