Virginie Gaget

Dr Virginie Gaget

Grant Funded Researcher (B)

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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

Dr Gaget is a senior researcher within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

She has an expertise of over 15 years in microbiology and environmental sciences and is now applying her skills to medical sciences. After completing an MRFF project looking at the medical and social impact of mobile radiology for patients living in residential aged care facilities, she is now coordinating a trial using faecal transplant to improve pain, symptoms and treatment efficacy in patients with non-resectable pancreatic cancer.

My activities relate to:

1) The development and conduct of research on the function of the gut microbiome and its implications on health and disease onset;

2) The coordination of two MRFF grants on: 1) the impact of mobile radiology on patients living in residential aged care facilities, and 2) the use of faecal microbiota transplantation as a co-treatment in patients with pancreatic cancer.

3) The contribution to health technology assessments at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 - ongoing Senior researcher University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2020 Research officer Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    2017 - 2019 Post-Doctoral Fellow University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2017 ARC Post-Doctoral Fellow University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2012 Research Post-Doctoral Fellow SA Water
    2008 - 2009 Research Post-Doc Fellow Veolia Environment
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak and peer review
    German Can understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2004 - 2008 Paris Diderot University France PhD in Microbiology and Virology
    2003 - 2004 University Nancy I France Masters degree in Water Chemistry and Microbiology
    2002 - 2003 University of La Rochelle France Honours in Marine Ecology
    1999 - 2002 Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 / University of La Rochelle France Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2009 - 2009 Cyanobacterial bloom dynamics, production and control of odour metabolites in Chinese and Australian Reservoirs Australian Water Quality Centre Australia
    2003 - 2004 High sensitive real-time PCR for the detection of Legionella pneumophila and Legionella spp. In drinking water supplies and conditioned water University of Paris-Sud, Orsay France
    2003 - 2003 Impact of Foraminifera populations on benthic bacterial communities of Aiguillon Bay (France) Foraminifera’s impact on benthic bacterial communities of Aiguillon Bay (France) University of La Rochelle, La Rochelle France
    2003 - 2003 Enumeration of pelagic and benthic viral populations present in Aiguillon Bay: comparison of abundance and morphology (France) University of La Rochelle, La Rochelle France
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2011 Quarantine Accredited staff AQIS Australia
    Coxswain II AMFA Australia
  • Research Interests

1) Funded category one projects:

  • Maddern G., Price T., Bryant R., Costello S., Gaget V., Kuan, L-L., Hugh, T., Afzali H. 2022. Faecal Microbiota Transplantation to improve pain, symptom management and treatment efficacy in patients with pancreatic cancer. 2022 MRFF Pancreatic Cancer Research Stream 1. Experimental design, team building, partner engagement, proposal writing. ($1.5M)
  • Brookes J., Humpage A. , Burch M., Monis P. , Lin T-F. 2012. Bad tastes, odours and toxins in our drinking water reservoirs: are benthic cyanobacteria the culprits? ARC-Linkage grant. Experimental design, proposal writing. Preferred candidate. ($1.2M including partner contributions)

2) Other external sources of funding:

  • Wert E., Zamyadi A., Gaget V., Owen C., Hofmann R. 2018. Developing guidance for assessment and evaluation of algal blooms, and implementation of control strategies in source water. Experimental design, proposal writing. (US$200K)
  • Gaget V., Brookes J., Van der Linden L. and Monis P. 2016. Benthic algae: a toxic risk to be evaluated. Research for 13 program, Water Research Australia initiative – funding by the industry and governmental agencies including the Water Research Foundation (USA). Experimental design, team building, partner engagement, proposal writing. ($347K)
  • Humpage A. CyanoSurvey project. 2009. Water Research Australia grant - experimental design and participation in proposal writing. ($1.4M)

I am qualified to supervise HDR students. Currently co-supervising one PhD student and a fifth year medical school student.

I taught lectures in microbial ecology and microbiology in the School of Biological Sciences (2013-2019).

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Microbial dark matter: linking structure, functional genetics and bioremediation potential of microbial communities in a degraded hypersaline estuary. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christopher Clement Keneally
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Systematic reviews (surgery) University of Adelaidfe Adelaide Medical School (5th year) Other - Na Yeon Kim
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Freshwater Microbial Ecology University of Adelaide Summer Scholarship Other Part Time Christopher Keneally
  • Industry Partnerships

    Date Engagement Type Partner Name
    2017 - ongoing Consultant SeqWater
    2017 - ongoing Consultant Melbourne Water
    2017 - ongoing Consultant Barwon Water
    2017 - ongoing Consultant Tasmania Water
    2017 - ongoing Consultant Hunter Water
    2017 - ongoing Consultant PUB, Singapore
    2017 - ongoing Consultant Water Research Foundation (USA)
    2012 - ongoing Consultant Water New South Wales
    2010 - ongoing Consultant Water Research Australia
    2008 - ongoing Consultant South Australia Water Corporation
  • Position: Grant Funded Researcher (B)
  • Phone: 82228492
  • Email:
  • Fax: 83136222
  • Campus: Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Building: Main Building
  • Org Unit: Surgical Specialities

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