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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

  • 96 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

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., 22 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Molecular Omics. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Characterization of Hypermutator Pseudomonas aeruginosa Isolates from Patients with Cystic Fibrosis in Australia

Rees, V. E., Deveson Lucas, D. S., López-Causapé, C., Huang, Y., Kotsimbos, T., Bulitta, J. B., Rees, M. C., Barugahare, A., Peleg, A. Y., Nation, R. L., Oliver, A., Boyce, J. D. & Landersdorfer, C. B., 1 Apr 2019, In : Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 63, 4, 11 p., e02538-18.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Comparable Efficacy and Better Safety of Double -Lactam Combination Therapy versus -Lactam plus Aminoglycoside in Gram-Negative Bacteria in Randomized, Controlled Trials

Jiao, Y., Moya, B., Chen, M. J., Zavascki, A. P., Tsai, H., Tao, X., Sutaria, D. S., Louie, A., Boyce, J. D., Lucas, D. D., Kim, T. H., Tsuji, B. T., Bonomo, R. A., Drusano, G. L. & Bulitta, J. B., Jul 2019, In : Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 63, 7, 15 p., e00425-19.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Erratum: Correction for Kennan et al., "Genomic Evidence for a Globally Distributed, Bimodal Population in the Ovine Footrot Pathogen Dichelobacter nodosus" (mBio (2014) 5 5 (e01821-e01814) PII: e02560-19)

Kennan, R. M., Gilhuus, M., Frosth, S., Seemann, T., Dhungyel, O. P., Whittington, R. J., Boyce, J. D., Powell, D. R., Aspán, A., Jørgensen, H. J., Bulach, D. M. & Rood, J. I., 29 Oct 2019, In : mBio. 10, 5, 1 p., e02560-19.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

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