Abiodun Ogunniyi

Abiodun Ogunniyi

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences

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


I have a long-standing interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, with emphasis on the characterisation of the virulence factors involved and evaluating the potential of candidate vaccine antigens.  My PhD was conducted under the joint supervision of Professor Paul Manning, Professor Ieva Kotlarski, and Associate Professor Renato Morona and entailed the functional characterisation of the SefA protein of Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis.

I carried out my postdoctoral work in Professor James Paton’s laboratory from March 1997 to December 2009 on the molecular analysis of pneumococcal pathogenesis, and became a Senior Research Fellow in January 2010.

I joined Prof Darren Trott’s group at the Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology [ACARE]) in January 2015, where my research focuses on efficacy assessments of new broad-spectrum antimicrobials to address the rising incidence of multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens, and efficacy evaluation of biocides (such as the pH-neutral electrolysed oxidising water) for wide application in health, agriculture and food industries.

Throughout my research career, I have contributed significantly to the design and execution of research projects, international research grant applications and development of new technologies. I have significantly harnessed my expertise and experience to supervise and mentor numerous Honours, MSc and PhD candidates, and I actively collaborate with national and international colleagues and postdoctoral fellows to achieve mutual success in our research activities.

Funding Scheme

CI/PI/AI Names

Amount Funded

Years of Funding

Project Title

NHMRC Project Grant 627142

Paton JC (CI), Ogunniyi AD (CI)

$1,048,125

2010-2015

Molecular analysis of pneumococcal pathogenesis

ARC Linkage grant LP120200244

Paton JC (CI), Ogunniyi AD (CI), Alsharifi M (PI), Hirst TR (PI)

$275,000

2012-2015

A single vaccine for influenza and pneumonia

Meningitis Research Foundation (UK) Grant 0802.0

Ogunniyi AD (CI), Paton JC (CI), Mahdi LK (CI)

UK£196,773 ($437,000)

2008-2011

Characterization and vaccine potential of pneumococcal virulence factors expressed during meningitis

0001039884: Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation & Science (DIIS) - Innovation Connections (Managed by RBP)

Trott D (CI); Ogunniyi A (AI); Khazandi M (AI)

$199,668

2015-2016

Investigation of ECAS4 technology for improving water quality and shelf life in the seafood industry

Contract Research (A158095); Contracting Party: Virbac Australia Pty Ltd

Trott D (CI); Ogunniyi A (CI)

$64,730

2015-2016

Comparative minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) testing

ORG121561: AMPC Research Grant; Australian Meat Processor Corporation

Trott D (CI); Deo P (CI); Khazandi M (CI); Ogunniyi A (CI)

$30,000

2016

Twin Oxide Cabinet Microbiological assessment

Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Project Grant 75109360

Ogunniyi AD (CI), Mahdi LK (AI)

$70,000

2012-2013

Molecular analysis of alpha-glycerophosphate oxidase: Role in pneumococcal meningitis

NHMRC Equipment Grant

Paton JC, Morona R, Paton AW, Ogunniyi AD, Jilbert AR, McColl SR

$61,000

2008

Facility for in vivo transcriptional analysis of the host-pathogen interaction

Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Project Grant

Stroeher UH (CI), Ogunniyi AD (AI)

$47,000

2008

Characterisation of virulence genes of Streptococcus pneumoniae involved in otitis media

Partnership Enabling Grant Scheme, Division of Information Technology Engineering and the Environment, University of South Australia

Lombi E (CI), Wedding B (CI), Smith E (CI), Myers B (CI), Condina M (CI), Ogunniyi AD (CI)

$36,000

2018

Use of hydrodynamic cavitation for degradation of PFAS, pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes in contaminated waters

Research Themes Investment Scheme Development Funding, University of South Australia

Donner E (CI), Short M (CI), Williams C (CI), Ogunniyi AD (CI), Djordjevic S (PI) Reynolds B (PI), King B (PI)

$82,788

2018-2020

Antimicrobial resistance burden in migratory and resident bird species in the northern Adelaide coastal zone

Research Themes Investment Scheme, University of South Australia

Kopecki Z (CI), Cowin A (CI), Venter H (CI), Garg, S (CI), Coad B (CI) Page, S (PI), Trott D (CI), Ogunniyi AD (PI)

$40,000

2016

New in vivo technologies for preclinical assessment of novel antimicrobial drugs against wound infections

Contract Research (UA183243-S01); Contracting Party: Bayer Australia Ltd

Trott D (CI); Ogunniyi A (CI)

$47,911

2018

Mastitis Product Registration (benzyl penicillin) MIC Study

Research Themes Investment Scheme (101796) Seed Funding, University of South Australia

Thomas N (CI), Prestidge C (CI), Ogunniyi AD (CI), Kopecki Z (CI), Cowin A (CI), Wormald PJ (PI)

$40,000

2018

Re-sensitising resistant bacteria against antibiotics: Giving new power to failing medicines

DEBRA Australia

Kopecki Z (CI), Cowin A (CI), Vasilev K (CI), Ogunniyi AD (CI)

$40,000

2018

Safe and intelligent dressings for treatment of infected wounds

Contract Research (UA172408); Contracting Party: CSIRO

Trott D (CI); Ogunniyi A (CI)

$33,150

2018

Literature Review on the presence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in food in Australia and New Zealand

Contract Research (UA194233); Contracting Party: Botanix Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Ogunniyi AD

$19,546

2019

Efficacy testing of synthetic cannabidiol in a bioluminescent murine model of Staphylococcus aureus scald wound infection

Contract Research Variation 1 (UA194233-S02); Contracting Party: Botanix Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Ogunniyi AD

$42,594

2019

Efficacy testing of synthetic cannabidiol in a bioluminescent murine model of Staphylococcus aureus scald wound infection

 

Although I am a Research-only academic, I gave 2 lectures each to 2nd year Biomed, 3rd year Infection and Immunity A and MSc Biotech students annually from 2011 until the end of 2014 at The University of Adelaide. I was also involved in setting and marking exam questions for 3rd year Infection and Immunity A and MSc Biotech courses and was occasionally involved in tutorials for the MSc Biotech students during that period. I have also given a total of 13 lectures to 3rd year Infection and Immunity students at The University of South Australia (4 lectures in 2017, and 3 lectures each in 2018, 2019 and 2020). Collectively, these activities have allowed me to interact closely with all academic staff, students and colleagues, leading to exchange of ideas and problem solving as well as gaining familiarity with modern approaches to tertiary education and opportunity to attract and recruit prospective Honours, MSc and PhD students.

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Development of a Novel Co-vaccination Approach for Pneumococcal and Influenza Infections Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rachelle Babb
    2010 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Characterisation of Streptococcus pneumoniae opacity phase variation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Melissa Hui Chieh Chai
    2010 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Molecular Characterisation of the Polyhistidine Triad Proteins of Streptococcus Pneumoniae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Charles Plumptre
    2006 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Pathogenesis of Streptococcus pneumoniae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Lauren McAllister
    2003 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Differential Expression of Streptococcus Pneumoniae Genes during Pathogenesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Kim Suk Le Messurier
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - ongoing Co-Supervisor The effect of hospital effluent on the antimicrobial resistance ecology of waste water. University of South Australia Master Ms Hong Nguyen
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2009 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Microbiology Australia

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