Dr Sheryl Maher

B.Biot(Drug D&D), G.C. T&L (HE), M.PET (FODE), PhD

Lecturer - Medical Laboratory Science School of Psychological and Clinical Sciences

Sheryl was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry from The University of Queensland in 2009.

She has also been awarded a Masters in Professional Education and Training (Flexible Online and Distance Education from Deakin University (2005), a B .Biotechnology (Drug Design and Development Hons I) from The University of Queensland (2004).

Sheryl was a Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organisation in Saskatoon, Canada (2007-2010). Her work focused on improving understanding of novel adjuvants in vaccines.

Research interests

  • Identifying novel viruses
  • Developing diagnostic assays
  • Genomics Improving student learning through better use of technology, assessment and feedback
  • Games in education

Teaching areas

  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology

Relevant professional affiliations

  • Australian Institute of Medical Scientists
  • Australian Society for Microbiology
  • Australasian Science Education Research Association

Current projects

The frustration of an incomplete diagnosis for local produces may soon be a thing of the past. Working with Dr R. Weir at Berrimah Veterinary Laboratories we aim to systematically identify viral pathogens from archived samples.

Using a combination of classical and molecular methods we will identify these unknown pathogens, and possibly identify some novel viruses.

At the completion of this project we will provide a definitive diagnosis for a range of currently undiagnosed cases through the development of new diagnostic tools.

Improved diagnostics will enhance the virus surveillance already being conducted in the NT and help public health agencies keep us safe.

Student projects

Identify the role of climate change in local virus activity

Using historic data analyse the incidence of viral infections at sentinel sites in the NT.

The viral incidence data and climate information from GIS and modelling programs will be to identify environmental factors which correlate with increased virus activity.

Identify novel viruses

Sentinel sites in the NT have been operating for over 30 years.

In this time a number of outbreak caused by unknown viruses has occurred. Isolates from these outbreaks have been mainlined.

Using Electron Microscopy, Next Generation Sequencing and classical virology techniques.

The etiological agent will be identified and diagnostic assay developed.

Contacts

Yellow 2.2.59
Casuarina Campus
Phone: 08 8946 6730
Email: sheryl.maher@cdu.du.au