Virginie Gaget

Dr Virginie Gaget

Post Doctoral Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Gaget is a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide who studies microbial ecology and water quality and their impact on human and animal health.

She is leading innovative research in her field and is well recognised for her extensive expertise on all issues related to cyanobacteria, especially within, but not limited to, the water industry. For the past decade, she has worked successfully with a range of collaborators and stakeholders, including industrial partners and governmental agencies and thrives to build solid collaborations in order to develop large multidisciplinary research programs.

She currently lectures at the University of Adelaide for second and third year students in Freshwater Ecology and enjoys teaching and mentoring students.

My research focuses on water quality issues and their impact to human and animal health. I have a particular interest in:

- improving risk assessment by providing new technical tools and developing improved monitoring polices,

- microbial evolution and taxonomy,

- ecotoxicology, especially linked to the production of secondary metabolites by cyanobacteria,

- studying the impact of natural resources and the environment on physiology and the human microbiome.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    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:

  • Brookes J., A. Humpage, M. Burch, P. Monis, T-F Lin. 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:

  • Gaget V., J. Brookes, L. Van der Linden and P. Monis. 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) ($347K).
  • Humpage A. CyanoSurvey project. 2009. Water Research Australia grant - experimental design and participation in proposal writing ($1.4M).

I am giving some lectures to the second and third year Freshwater Ecology students.

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    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: Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Phone: 83137573
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 6222
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Benham Laboratories, floor G
  • Room: G 19
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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