Cameron Buckley

Cameron is currently undertaking his PhD in Clinical Microbiology and Bioinformatics with a focus on Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes gonorrhoea. Cameron completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at Griffith University in 2012 and then subsequently undertook a Master’s degree in Clinical Science (majoring in Clinical Microbiology) in 2013. His skillset lead him to work as a Research Assistant for 2 years in the Queensland Infectious Diseases Laboratory, based at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital campus. There, he helped assist in developing PCR assays for both diagnostic and screening purposes for several pathogenic microbes, including N. gonorrhoeae. In 2016 Cameron decided to commence his PhD with A/Prof David Whiley based at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR). With a keen interest in whole genome sequencing and its application towards epidemiology, he was able to secure A/Prof Scott Beatson as an associate advisor for his PhD. Cameron’s work focuses on trying to better understand factors relating to both transmission dynamics and antimicrobial resistance in N. gonorrhoeae throughout Australia.


  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Griffith University
  • Master of Clinical Science (Clinical Microbiology major), Griffith University


  • Griffith Award for Academic Excellence – 2013
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship – 2016
  • Australasian Sexual Health Conference: Registration Scholarship – 2016


  • Whole genome sequencing and its application towards better understanding the epidemiology of gonorrhoeae.
  • Determining markers of interest for key strains of gonorrhoeae.


  • Lahra MM, Trembizki E, Buckley C, Donovan B, Chen M, Guy R, Kundu RL, Regan DG, Whiley DM, on behalf of GRAND Study Investigators; Changes in the rates of Neisseria gonorrhoeaeantimicrobial resistance are primarily driven by dynamic fluctuations in common gonococcal genotypes. J Antimicrob Chemother 2017; 72 (3): 705-711.