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Peter Timms

Department of Microbiology
University of the Sunshine Coast


Peter Timms obtained his PhD in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1989. After 20+ years of working at QUT (Brisbane), he moved to the University of the Sunshine Coast, in 2014 where he is Professor of Microbiology. He has spent over 25 years working on all aspects of Chlamydia, in humans and animals (koalas). His team has made major discoveries in chlamydial genomics, evolution, vaccine development and basic mechanisms of pathogenesis. He has published over 240 papers.

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all aspects of Chlamydia, in humans and animals (koalas)


  • Infection with koala retrovirus type B (KoRV-B), but not KoRV-A, is associated with chlamydial disease in free-ranging koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus)

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