Scott Beatson is an Associate Professor and group leader at The University of Queensland. He is based in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and is a member of the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre. Together with a talented team of microbiologists and bioinformaticians has developed a research program that exploits Next-Generation Sequencing data to investigate the evolution and virulence of medically important bacterial pathogens.

He trained as a molecular microbiologist at the Universigy of Otago (Masters, 1996-1997) and the University of Queensland (PhD, 1998-2001) before undertaking postdoctoral fellowships in Bioinformatics at the University of Oxford (2001-2003) and the University of Birmingham (2003-2005). In 2006 he returned to the University of Queensland as an NHMRC Howard Florey Research Fellow. In 2008 he was awarded an ARC Australian Research Fellowship that enabled him to establish the Microbial Genomics Group at UQ. He currently holds a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia entitled “Bacterial Pathogenomics: whole-genome sequencing to investigate infection transmission, pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance”.

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Some recent publications:

See the full list of publications here.

Lineage-Specific Methyltransferases Define the Methylome of the Globally Disseminated Escherichia coli ST131 Clone.
Forde BM, Phan MD, Gawthorne JA, Ashcroft MM, Stanton-Cook M, Sarkar S, Peters KM, Chan KG, Chong TM, Yin WF, Upton M, Schembri MA, Beatson SA
MBio. 2015 Nov 17;6(6). pii: e01602-15. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01602-15.

Transfer of scarlet fever-associated elements into the group A Streptococcus M1T1 clone.
Ben Zakour NL, Davies MR, You Y, Chen JH, Forde BM, Stanton-Cook M, Yang R, Cui Y, Barnett TC, Venturini C, Ong CL, Tse H, Dougan G, Zhang J, Yuen KY, Beatson SA, Walker MJ
Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 2;5:15877. doi: 10.1038/srep15877.

Stepwise evolution of pandrug-resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae.
Zowawi HM, Forde BM, Alfaresi M, Alzarouni A, Farahat Y, Chong TM, Yin WF, Chan KG, Li J, Schembri MA, Beatson SA, Paterson DL
Sci Rep. 2015 Oct 19;5:15082. doi: 10.1038/srep15082.

Hospital-wide Eradication of a Nosocomial Legionella pneumophila Serogroup 1 Outbreak.
Bartley PB, Ben Zakour NL, Stanton-Cook M, Muguli R, Prado L, Garnys V, Taylor K, Barnett TC, Pinna G, Robson J, Paterson DL, Walker MJ, Schembri MA, Beatson SA
Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Oct 13. pii: civ870.

Molecular Characterization of the Multidrug Resistant Escherichia coli ST131 Clone.
Schembri MA, Zakour NL, Phan MD, Forde BM, Stanton-Cook M, Beatson SA
Pathogens. 2015 Jun 26;4(3):422-30. doi: 10.3390/pathogens4030422.

Global dissemination of a multidrug resistant Escherichia coli clone.
Petty NK, Ben Zakour NL, Stanton-Cook M, Skippington E, Totsika M, Forde BM, Phan MD, Gomes Moriel D, Peters KM, Davies M, Rogers BA, Dougan G, Rodriguez-Bano J, Pascual A, Pitout JD, Upton M, Paterson DL, Walsh TR, Schembri MA, Beatson SA
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Apr 15;111(15):5694-9. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1322678111. Epub 2014 Mar 31.

The complete genome sequence of Escherichia coli EC958: a high quality reference sequence for the globally disseminated multidrug resistant *E. coli* O25b:H4-ST131 clone.
Forde BM, Ben Zakour NL, Stanton-Cook M, Phan MD, Totsika M, Peters KM, Chan KG, Schembri MA, Upton M, Beatson SA
PLoS One. 2014 Aug 15;9(8):e104400. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104400. eCollection 2014.

Microbiology. Tracking antibiotic resistance.
Beatson SA, Walker MJ
Science. 2014 Sep 19;345(6203):1454-5. doi: 10.1126/science.1260471.

Last updated 20/11/15