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A/Prof Boyce is a group leader in the Department of Microbiology, Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University. His research is focused on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, bacterial pathogenesis and host immunity to infections. He works with a wide range of Gram-negative and Gram-positive pathogens including, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pasteurella multocida, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Dichelobacter nodosus and Clostridium perfringens. His specialty area of expertise is next generation high-throughput sequencing for bacterial genomics and transcriptomic analyses.

Research interests

  • Acinetobacter baumannii antibiotic resistance mechanisms
  • How Acinetobacter baumannii uses its type VI secretion system to kill competitors
  • Pasteurella multocida virulence mechanisms
  • How small RNAs control gene expression and protein production in Gram-negative bacteria
  • Novel antibiotic combinations for improved killing of Gram-negative multi-drug resistant pathogens

Monash teaching commitment








Research area keywords

  • Acinetobacter Baumannii
  • Pasteurella Multocida
  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
  • Burkholderia Pseudomallei
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Bacteriology
  • Bacteriology, vaccines
  • Genomics
  • Microbiology

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Research Output

  • 99 Article
  • 4 Chapter (Book)
  • 2 Comment / Debate
  • 1 Review Article

Disruption of the Burkholderia pseudomallei two-component signal transduction system BbeR-BbeS leads to increased extracellular DNA secretion and altered biofilm formation

Alwis, P. A., Treerat, P., Gong, L., Deveson Lucas, D., Allwood, E. M., Prescott, M., Devenish, R. J., Adler, B. & Boyce, J. D., Mar 2020, In : Veterinary Microbiology. 242, 11 p., 108603.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Novel cassette assay to quantify the outer membrane permeability of five β-lactams simultaneously in carbapenem-resistant klebsiella pneumoniae and enterobacter cloacae

Kim, T. H., Tao, X., Moya, B., Jiao, Y., Basso, K. B., Zhou, J., Lang, Y., Sutaria, D. S., Zavascki, A. P., Barth, A. L., Reeve, S. M., Schweizer, H. P., Lucas, D. D., Boyce, J. D., Bonomo, R. A., Lee, R. E., Shin, B. S., Louie, A., Drusano, G. L. & Bulitta, J. B., Jan 2020, In : mBio. 11, 1, 15 p., e03189-19.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Pan-transcriptomic analysis identified common differentially expressed genes of Acinetobacter baumannii in response to polymyxin treatments

Li, M., Aye, S. M., Ahmed, M. U., Han, M-L., Li, C., Song, J., Boyce, J. D., Powell, D. R., Azad, M. A. K., Velkov, T., Zhu, Y. & Li, J., 1 Aug 2020, In : Molecular Omics. 16, 4, p. 327-338 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Polymyxins Bind to the Cell Surface of Unculturable Acinetobacter baumannii and Cause Unique Dependent Resistance

Zhu, Y., Lu, J., Han, M-L., Jiang, X., Azad, M. A. K., Patil, N. A., Lin, Y-W., Zhao, J., Hu, Y., Yu, H. H., Chen, K., Boyce, J. D., Dunstan, R. A., Lithgow, T., Barlow, C. K., Li, W., Schneider-Futschik, E. K., Wang, J., Gong, B., Sommer, B. & 6 others, Creek, D. J., Fu, J., Wang, L., Schreiber, F., Velkov, T. & Li, J., 5 Aug 2020, In : Advanced Science. 7, 15, 13 p., 2000704.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Transcriptomic responses of a New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolate to the combination of polymyxin B and chloramphenicol

Abdul Rahim, N., Cheah, S. E., Johnson, M. D., Zhu, Y., Yu, H. H., Sidjabat, H. E., Butler, M. S., Cooper, M. A., Fu, J., Paterson, D. L., Nation, R. L., Boyce, J. D., Bergen, P. J., Velkov, T. & Li, J., Aug 2020, In : International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. 56, 2, 9 p., 106061.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review