Robert T. Kinobe, BVM (Hon), PhD, MANZCVS, GCert. Ed.

Robert attained a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery with Honours at Makerere University (1996), following which he worked as a veterinarian and associate lecturer at the same university for three years. In 2004, Robert completed a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Queensland, and this was followed by two postdoctoral research fellowships (2004-2008) with the Canadian Institute of Health, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Queens University in Ontario Canada. In 2008, Robert returned to Australia and was appointed to a teaching and research role at James Cook University where he has taught Pharmacology and aspects of Toxicology in the College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences for the last 16 years. Robert also acted as academic head of discipline for Biomedical Sciences & Molecular Biology for parts of 2022/2023. Robert is not in clinical practice presently, but he shares a passion for clinical pharmacology and toxicology and, undergraduate as well as postgraduate teaching. Robert is a qualified member and past president for the Veterinary Pharmacology Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. 

  • PP5055: Special Topics in Pharmacology (Level 5; TSV)
  • TV2001: Integrated Animal Structure and Function 1 (Level 2; TSV)
  • TV2102: Integrated Animal Structure and Function 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • TV3001: Transitions from Health to Disease 1 (Level 3; TSV)
  • TV3002: Transitions from Health to Disease 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • Domains of my expertise are experimental therapeutics, nutraceutics-livestock production nexus, and antimicrobial resistance.
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  • 2020 - Dean's Certificate of Recognition for Teaching Excellence (TV3002-Transitions from Health to Disease). College of Public Health Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University.
  • 2016 - Academic Inclusive Practice Award. In recognition of exceptional support for students with a disability. James Cook University, Townsville Australia.
  • 2007 - Pharmacological Society of Canada 2007 Boehringer Ingelheim Postdoctoral Award for significant contribution to Pharmacology research
  • 1999 to 2004 - International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) for doctoral studies at the University of Queensland
  • 200 to 2004 - The University of Queensland Postgraduate Research Scholarship (UQPRS) for doctoral studies at University of Queensland
  • 1997 to 1998 - Research Scholarship for Biomedical Research Training (Graduate course) by World AIDS Foundation and Fogarty International Centre/NIH MIRT programme at Makerere University, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • 2006 to 2009 - Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada).
  • 2004 to 2006 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Molecular Pharmacology & Toxicology). The Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
  • 2021 - Editorial Board Animals-Open Access MDPI
  • 2019 - Editorial Board, Australian Veterinary Journal
  • 2016 - American Society for Pharmacological and Experimental Therapeutics
  • 2009 - Australasian Society for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists
  • 2004 - Canadian Pharmacological Society

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 51+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Robert Kinobe from 2001 onwards.

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Townsville City Council - Contract Research

Ecological Impact of Antibiotic Resistance Released from the Cleveland Bay Purification Plant using Marine Turtle Species

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$260,139 over 3 years
Cleveland Bay is a grazing ground for turtle species. Cleveland Bay Purification plant (CBPP) treats waste that may contain a variety of antibiotics. This study aims to determine the prevalence and distribution patterns of antibiotic resistant genes in the CBPP effluent and in the immediate receiving environment. Marine turtles in Cleveland Bay will be used to determine the localized impacts of both antibiotics and antibiotic resistant genes as compared to resident turtles from a pristine environment. This study will provide valuable insight into the direct effect that antibiotics and ARG?s in WWTP effluent have on ecological health and ecological risk.
Madoc Sheehan, Robert Kinobe, Ellen Ariel, Roger Huerlimann, Kezia Drane, Anna Whelan and Ian Bell (College of Science & Engineering, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Townsville City Council and QLD Department of Environment and Science)
Anitbiotics; Turtle; Risk Assessment; Antibiotic Resistant Genes; Wastewater Treatment; Microbiota

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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.

  • Isolation, Identification and Molecular Characterization of Gram-negative Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria from Captive and Stranding Green Sea Turtles in Thailand (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Assessment of the ecological risk of emerging Antibiotic Resistance released from the Cleveland Bay Purification Plant on marine Testudine species (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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