Nhu Nguyen Thi Khanh

Nhu Nguyen is a PhD student in the field of Microbiology and Bioinformatics. She finished her undergraduate in Biotechnology (ranked in the top 5% of the students on the course) and her Master degree in Microbiology from the University of Science in Ho Chi Minh City. While in the Master course, she got her Masters project at Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Baker. During this project she determined the genes responsible for third cephalosporin resistance in Shigella sonnei. With an interest in antibiotic resistant bacteria, she started her scientific career at OUCRU as a research assistant, and conducted research investigating the relationship of antimicrobial resistance and genotype in gram-negative bacteria, including Shigella sonnei and Acinetobacter baumannii. On top of that, she established a transposon mutant library in A. baumannii, which is being used to understand the mechanisms that make the bacteria resistant to antibiotics and able to form biofilm on solid surfaces.

During research in Vietnam, Nhu began to develop her interest in using Next Generation Sequencing to study antimicrobial resistance and pathogenesis in bacteria. Following her interest, Nhu moved to Brisbane to start her PhD under supervision of Prof. Mark Schembri and A. Prof. Scott Beatson. Her projects are about uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC), with a focus on what make E. coli become UPEC and how UPEC becomes resistant to antibiotics. Outside of her current projects, Nhu is also interested in bacterial outbreak investigation using whole genome sequencing data.

Nhu has knowledge and is familiar with a wide range of bioinformatic tools to analyse genome sequencing data and wet lab techniques, which give her a great opportunity to do cross-discipline reseach.

Outside of working, she enjoys going out with her family, playing with her little girl, travelling and baking.


International Post Graduate Research Scholarship and UQ Centennial Scholarship, University of Queensland.

Non – academic training fellowship, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit for the Intensive Course in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, London, United Kingdom, 1 – 19 July 2013

Fellowship for Wellcome Trust Advanced Course “Working with Pathogen Genomes”, Bangkok, Thailand, 20 – 24 February 2012

Great Ho Chi Minh City Society Scholarship for Japanese language, 2005 – 2007

University scholarship for best students of the course, University of Natural Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2001 – 2005


Master of Science (Microbiology)

Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology, major in Medical Microbiology)


Evolution of global disseminated multidrug resistant E. coli ST131

Evolution of pheV-tRNA integrated genomic island (GI-pheV) in E. coli

Polymyxin B and colistin resistance mechanisms in E. coli ST-131

Curli production mechanisms in E. coli


Khanh Nhu N T, Riordan DW, Do Hoang Nhu T, Thanh DP, Thwaites G, Huong Lan NP, Wren BW, Baker S, Stabler RA: The induction and identification of novel Colistin resistance mutations in Acinetobacter baumannii and their implications. Sci Rep 2016, 6:28291.

Schultz MB, Pham Thanh D, Hawkey J, Tran Do Hoan N, Thwaites G, Edwards DJ, Campbell JI, Baker S, Wick RR, Fournier-Level A et al: Repeated local emergence of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in a single hospital ward. Microbial Genomics 2016, 2(3).

Ben Zakour NL, Alsheikh-Hussain AS, Ashcroft MM, Khanh Nhu NT, Roberts LW, Stanton-Cook M, Schembri MA, Beatson SA: Sequential Acquisition of Virulence and Fluoroquinolone Resistance Has Shaped the Evolution of Escherichia coli ST131. MBio 2016, 7(2):e00347-00316.

Le V, Nhu NT, Cerdeno-Tarraga A, Campbell JI, Tuyen HT, Nhu Tdo H, Tam PT, Schultsz C, Thwaites G, Thomson NR et al: Genetic characterization of three qnrS1-harbouring multidrug-resistance plasmids and qnrS1-containing transposons circulating in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. J Med Microbiol 2015, 64(8):869-878.

Le Minh V, Thi Khanh Nhu N, Vinh Phat V, Thompson C, Huong Lan NP, Thieu Nga TV, Thanh Tam PT, Tuyen HT, Hoang Nhu TD, Van Hao N et al: In vitro activity of colistin in antimicrobial combination against carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii isolated from patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia in Vietnam. J Med Microbiol 2015, 64(10):1162-1169.

Holt KE, Wertheim H, Zadoks RN, Baker S, Whitehouse CA, Dance D, Jenney A, Connor TR, Hsu LY, Severin J et al: Genomic analysis of diversity, population structure, virulence, and antimicrobial resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae, an urgent threat to public health. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2015, 112(27):E3574-3581.

Beatson SA, Ben Zakour NL, Totsika M, Forde BM, Watts RE, Mabbett AN, Szubert JM, Sarkar S, Phan MD, Peters KM et al: Molecular analysis of asymptomatic bacteriuria Escherichia coli strain VR50 reveals adaptation to the urinary tract by gene acquisition. Infect Immun 2015, 83(5):1749-1764.

Nhu NT, Lan NP, Campbell JI, Parry CM, Thompson C, Tuyen HT, Hoang NV, Tam PT, Le VM, Nga TV et al: Emergence of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii as the major cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia in intensive care unit patients at an infectious disease hospital in southern Vietnam. J Med Microbiol 2014, 63(Pt 10):1386-1394.

Holt KE, Thieu Nga TV, Thanh DP, Vinh H, Kim DW, Vu Tra MP, Campbell JI, Hoang NV, Vinh NT, Minh PV et al: Tracking the establishment of local endemic populations of an emergent enteric pathogen. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2013, 110(43):17522-17527.

Vinh H, Anh VT, Anh ND, Campbell JI, Hoang NV, Nga TV, Nhu NT, Minh PV, Thuy CT, Duy PT et al: A multi-center randomized trial to assess the efficacy of gatifloxacin versus ciprofloxacin for the treatment of shigellosis in Vietnamese children. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2011, 5(8):e1264.

Nguyen NT, Ha V, Tran NV, Stabler R, Pham DT, Le TM, van Doorn HR, Cerdeno-Tarraga A, Thomson N, Campbell J et al: The sudden dominance of blaCTX-M harbouring plasmids in Shigella spp. Circulating in Southern Vietnam. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2010, 4(6):e702.

Vinh H, Nhu NT, Nga TV, Duy PT, Campbell JI, Hoang NV, Boni MF, My PV, Parry C, Nga TT et al: A changing picture of shigellosis in southern Vietnam: shifting species dominance, antimicrobial susceptibility and clinical presentation. BMC Infect Dis 2009, 9:204.