Darren Trott

Professor Darren Trott

Professor of Veterinary Microbiology

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I completed my veterinary degree at Murdoch University and worked in small animal practice for eight years. Following an honours project on Listeria monocytogenes I became interested in the ecology of infectious diseases and completed a PhD with Prof David Hampson on intestinal spirochaetes (awarded in 1998). After completing a three year post-doc at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, USA, I accepted a lectureship at The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Veterinary Science in 2000. I taught veterinary microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy to veterinary undergraduates at UQ for 10 years and conducted research on gastrointestinal diseases, microbial ecology and virulence/antimicrobial resistance in companion animal, livestock and human bacterial pathogens. I joined The University of Adelaide School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in January 2010 and my research areas have expanded to also include antimicrobial resistance ecology, repurposing existing drug classes for development as new anti-infectives, including pre-clinical assessment in murine bioluminescent models of infection, and the effect of antimicrobials on the gut microbiome.

I recently established and am the inaugural Director of a new Research Centre at The University of Adelaide, the Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology. I work closely with Australia's major animal industries (both livestock and companion animal) in the areas of prudent antimicrobial use, antimicrobial stewardship and confirming/ensuring that rates of resistance in animal pathogens, zoonotic and commensal bacteria remain low by international standards.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Induction of Stable Small Colony Variants in Staphylococcus Aureus Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr James Lee
    2018 Co-Supervisor Development of Bioluminescent Mouse Models for Pre-clinical Testing of Novel Antimicrobials for Treatment of Gram-negative Bacterial Infections Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Hang Thi Nguyen
    2017 Principal Supervisor Antimicrobial resistance and new drug development Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Tamara Alhamami
    2016 Principal Supervisor Antimicrobial resistance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sangay Tenzin
    2016 Co-Supervisor Development of a Novel Otic treatment of Bacterial and yeast Otitis Externa in Dogs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Wei Yee Chan
    2015 Principal Supervisor The Koala Retrovirus and Chlamydia pecorum in the Koala Population in the Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Jessica Helen Fabijan
    2014 Co-Supervisor The Gastrointestinal Microbiota of the Rabbit Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Neil Robert Griffiths
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Antimicrobial resistance in companion animal pathogens in Australia and assessment of pradofloxacin on the gut microbiota Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sugiyono Saputra
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Repurposing of Robenidine and Characterization of Novel Analogues for Treatment of Infectious Diseases Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Rebecca Jane Abraham
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The epidemiology of pig diseases and the emergence of porcine circovirus type 2 in Papua Province, Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Widi Nugroho
  • Position: Professor of Veterinary Microbiology
  • Phone: 83137989
  • Email: darren.trott@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7956
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Leske, floor G
  • Room: G 03
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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