Bacterial protein needed for h. pylori to survive

More than meets the eye to ulcer-inducing bacterial protein

Monday, 26 June 2017

Scientists at The University of Western Australia and Perth-based biotech Ondek Pty Ltd have revealed new insights into the function of an important bacterial protein in Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.

Professor Barry Marshall with school student Alexis Daly

A+ student

Friday, 23 June 2017

Alexis Daly was recently required to research a scientist for a school project and she chose our favourite Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall as her subject. Getting an A+ for her work was a great outcome but even more thrilling was meeting Professor Marshall and showing him her video.


You can watch Alexis’ 5 minute video online at:

Ashdale Secondary College students pictured with the Deputy Premier

Ashdale Secondary College students shine at Networking for Change event!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Ashdale Secondary College students shined at the Marshall Centre's recent Networking for Change event. Students Anika Fuglang, Lilly Crr, Vi Nguyen and Blake Canner put their budding media and communication skills into practise by becoming the official photographers at the high profile networking event. Ably assisted by their teachers Leisa Aitken and Alexandra Myer, the students took photographs, facilitated the Q&A sessions and assisted participants with the event's live Twitter feed.

Assoc/Professor Tim Inglis

Prof Tim Inglis publishes new method for rapid profiling of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Congratulations to Assoc/Professor Tim Inglis and his team on their recent publication on “Rapid susceptibility profiling of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae” in Scientific Reports.

In this publication, they describe a novel technique called flow cytometry-assisted susceptibility test (FAST) method which combines rapid qualitative susceptible/non-susceptible classification and quantitative antibiotic resistance levels in a single process completed shortly after receipt of a primary isolate in the pathology diagnostic laboratory.

The Noisy Guts Project team

Watch this space - Noisy Guts makes finals for UWA Research Innovation & Enterprise Award

Friday, 26 May 2017

Watch this space... The Noisy Guts Project is one of six finalists in the running for the 2017 UWA Research Innovation and Enterprise Award. The winner will be announced at the IQ Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 14 June.  The team are thrilled to be part of UWA's culture of innovation. Fingers crossed!    

Peter Du

The Marshall Centre's Peter Du wins Young Innovator Award

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Marshall Centre researcher, Peter Du showcased his acoustic signal processing and machine learning skills at the Perth Unearthed Hackathon on the weekend.

Unearthed is a 54-hour open innovation hackathon event focused on the resources sector. Teams go from idea to prototype on resource challenges in just a weekend.

Charlene Kahler

Microbiology Award for Assoc/Prof Charlene Kahler

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Marshall Centre's Deputy Director, Assoc/Prof Charlene Kahler has been awarded the Australian Society of Microbiology Distinguished Service Award.

Team members outside the Marshall Centre wearing purple for World IBD Day

The Noisy Guts Project team wear purple for World IBD Day

Friday, 19 May 2017

Researchers from the Noisy Guts Project team wore purple for World IBD Day on 19 May. The aim of this day is to raise awareness about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. These conditions are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and affect over 75,000 Australians.

Professor Barry Marshall

Happy 35th anniversary helicobacter

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

35 years ago, over Easter weekend in April of 1982, Professor Barry Marshall cultured H.pylori from patients with gastritis and ulcers for the first time, after Robyn Warren, a pathologist, observed the previously unknown spiral- shaped bug in stomach lining biopsies.

Helicobacter pylori

Study reveals how ulcer-inducing bacteria survive in the stomach

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Scientists at The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at Imperial College London and Perth-based biotech Ondek Pty Ltd, have revealed new insights into the structure of an important biomolecule in Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.

Master of Infectious Disease students at their graduation ceremony

Happy graduation!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Congratulations to the Master of Infectious Diseases Graduates. 

Professor Lyn Beazley, Dr Mary Webberley and school students

Encouraging careers in STEM

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

This week, Marshall Centre advisory board member Professor Lyn Beazley and Dr Mary Webberley were out and about at WiTWA's techtrails program. Techtrails is designed to encourage young people to consider careers in technology.


The first Techtrails STEM incursion for 2017 was held at Ashdale Secondary College in Darch. The students were thrilled to learn about the Noisy Guts Project and potential career pathways in medical technologies and wearable devices. 

Scientists make breakthrough in fight against superbugs

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Today, the three-dimensional structure of the enzyme required for polymyxin resistance was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This project was funded by an NHMRC grant awarded to Associate Professor Alice Vrielink (UWA), Dr Keith Stubbs (UWA), Dr Martin Scanlon (Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Monash University) and  Deputy Director Associate Professor Charlene Kahler at the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases.

A Current Affair logo

A Current Affair

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Associate Professor Charlene Kahler, Deputy Director of the Marshall Center, appeared on A Current Affair last night to talk about meningococcal vaccination. In the past, the majority of meningococcal disease in Australia was caused by MenB and MenC strains. However, last year 75% of all cases in Western Australia were MenW. A similar rise in prevalence of MenW was also seen across Australia. The National Immunisation Program contains a vaccine against MenC which has disappeared since 2000.

WA's nobel prize winners

WA's globetrotting Nobel Prize legacy could save world more than $1.6 billion

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

"Three million kilometres of travelled. A total of 489 visits to 148 cities in 37 countries. More than 4400 official events attended, featuring scientists, school children, rock stars and royalty.

Barry Marshall and Robin Warren

Ten years on - the impact of WA's only Nobel Prize

Monday, 10 October 2016

Hot on the heels of the 2016 Nobel Prize announcements in Sweden this week, a new report shows that Western Australia’s first Nobel Prize is still having a big impact a decade later.

VC Research Awards and Honours

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Noisy Guts Project was recently awarded the Start Something CSIRO Commercialisation Award. The judges were impressed with the project's commercial potential and scientific rigour, as well as the project manager's potential as a communicator, leader and entrepreneur.


The award was presented by the Vice Chancellor at the UWA Research Awards and Honours ceremony during Research Week.




Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Congratulations to the team at the Marshall Centre that have been successful in gaining a place on the CSIRO ON Prime Program. The pre-accelerator program helps research teams validate their research and discover a real world application for it. It provides researchers with an opportunity to test paths for IP, know-how or tech, and helps to unlock the entrepreneurial nous required to take ideas to the next level.

Dr Mary Wibberley with years 5&6 students from North Cottesloe Primary School

Marshall Centre celebrates National Science Week

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Dr Mary Webberley from the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases celebrated National Science Week with year 5&6 students   from  North Cottesloe Primary School.  The students learned about acids and bases and the pH scale through hands on activities with a pH indicator made from cabbage water.

Professor Peter Klinken and Professor Barry Marshall

Great minds think alike

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

What a delight to welcome Professor Peter Klinken, WA Chief Scientist, to the Marshall Centre this week. Professor Klinken and Professor Marshall discussed a range of topics that are important to the future of science in Western Australia.