Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne
MA MB BChir PhD MRCP(UK)
Senior Lecturer in Communicable Disease Epidemiology
Sydney School of Public Health
Marie Bashir Institute
I studied medicine in Cambridge and during my junior doctor years was very interested in both neurology and infectious diseases. Clinically I specialised in medical microbiology, keeping a particular interest in neurological infections. For the past 3 years I have been in Saudi Arabia developing a pathogen genomics laboratory where I have gained first-hand experience of second generation sequencing and bioinformatics.
Infectious diseases and medical microbiology are undergoing the most significant shift since PCR was introduced. By the end of this decade, sequencing will have become the main option when investigating any outbreak or infection. I study the interface between genomics as a pure science and its translation into clinical and public health benefits.
At present I am examining the worldwide genomics of tuberculosis, the use of sequencing to characterise MRSA strains and the genomic variations in BCG vaccine strains used around the globe.
To get copies of my publications please see sydney.academia.edu
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Teaching and supervision
Master of International Public Health
MIPH5112 Global Communicable Disease Control
Master of Public Health
PUBH5117 Communicable Disease Control
New Master of Health Security
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- Genomics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in NSW and Mongolia
- Evolution of Mycobacterium tuberculosis drug resistance
- Investigation of an outbreak of tuberculosis in an indigenous population
- Investigation of a listeria outbreak in NSW hospitals
- Investigation of an EV71 outbreak in NSW
- Impact of masks during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia
- Combining Community Health Advocates with Village Cocoa Specialists in Bougainville
- Salmonella strains in livestock and wildlife in Australia
- Civil-Military Relations during the West Africa Ebola crisis
- Causes of undiagnosed encephalitis syndromes
- Founding Member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
- Associate Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists
- Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London
- Member of the Institute of Safety in Technology and Research
- Member of the British Infection Association
- Member of the UK Clinical Virology Network
- Member with a License to Practise from the General Medical Council
In the media
Infection and Immunity
(King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
University at which I did my PhD. Many ongoing collaborative projects on pathogen genomics.
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Ongoing study on global diversity of tuberculosis
(National Clinical Guideline Centre)
National guideline on chronic hepatitis B (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence)
(University of Cambridge)
Research on alemtuzumab for multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology
- Developing the cocoa value chain in Bougainville; Guest D, Hill-Cawthorne G, Walton M, Black K; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)/Research Support.
- Bridging the gap from the Cradle to the Mosh Pit: A pilot study to develop links between childhood and youth brain disorder prospective cohorts and develop new research opportunities to elucidate causes, predictors and outcomes of abnormal brain developme; Jones C, Scott E, Dale R, Banati R, Booy R, Lagopoulos J, Barnett M, Hill-Cawthorne G, Hermens D, Khandaker G; DVC Research/HMR+ Implementation Fund - University.