Personal details

Name
Adjunct Associate Professor Christine Knox
Position(s)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences
Discipline *
Microbiology, Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine, Clinical Sciences
Phone
+61 7 3138 2301
Fax
+61 7 3138 1534
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), DipEd (University of Queensland)

Keywords

Ureaplasma, Mulitiple banded antigen, Pregnancy outcome, Reproduction, IVF outcome, cytokine, fetal development, microbiota, 16S ribosomal RNA deep sequencing, innate antimicrobial mechanisms

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Research theme: Health
Research discipline: Cell and Molecular Biosciences
Research areas
In association with the UWA and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr Knox and her team are investigating the effect of long term intrauterine Ureaplasma parvum serovar 3 and 6 (high dose and low dose) infection on pregnancy outcomes and the fetus.
The ureaplasma multiple banded antigen is the major antigen recognised in in vivo infections. Dr Knox is investigating in vivo variation of the mba gene and antigen of U. parvum serovars 3 in 6 in chorioamnionitis using the sheep model.
Currently in Australia only 19% of couples participating in fully stimulated assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles achieve an ongoing pregnancy and live birth. Dr Knox is determining the prevalence of follicular fluid colonisation/infection in infertile women, and if the presence of microorganisms within this UGT site has an adverse effect on ART outcomes.

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Teaching

Research discipline: Cell and Molecular Biosciences

This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Christine Knox.

Publications


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Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Membership of a Statutory Committee
Reference year
2014
Details
Elected by members of International Organization for Mycoplasmology as the expert for Ureaplasma species and representative on the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes' Subcommittee on the Taxonomay of Mollicuates
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2013
Details
Chair of the local organising committee, which on 1 February 2013 was awarded the 21st Congress of the International Organization for Mycoplasmology, The congress will be held at the Science and Engineering Centre at QUT in July 2016. This will be only the second time that this congress has been held in Australia and in the southern hemisphere.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2012
Details
In 2012, apppointed to the Board of the International Organization for Mycoplasmology as the Australian At-Large Member.
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2012
Details
Member of Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand. Branch Committee Representative for Basic Sciences, Secretary of the Queensland Branch of PSANZ. A chairperson and assessor at annual PSANZ conference in 2011. Presenter at conference in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2012
Details
Member of the International Organization for Mycoplasmology, Nominated for Secretary General in 2012. Presenting at the international conference in 2012
Type
International Collaboration
Reference year
2010
Details
Professor Alan Jobe and Prof Suhas Kallapur Division of Pulmonary Biology and Neonatology Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Winthrop Professor John Newnham and Prof jane Pillow, School of Womens and Infants Health University of Western Australia Perth, UWA, Australia. Ass Prof Boris Kramer University of Maastricht, Netherlands
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
2008 Wesley Research Institute Research of the Year Award. Wesley Research Institute Researcher.
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2009
Details
Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2001
Details
Ureaplasmas, male infertility and adverse effects on in vitro fertilisation. American Society for Microbiology Conference Orlando USA
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
1980
Details
Member of the Australian Society of Microbiology

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Intrauterine Infection During Pregnancy; Fetal Effects and Characteristics of Ureaplasma Pathogenicity
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
458577
Start year
2007
Keywords
Title
Why breast is best: A mechanism for regulation of the ecology of the mouth and gut by interaction of salivary metabolites with breast milk.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1043282
Start year
2013
Keywords
Biochemistry; Paediatrics & Perinatology; Microbiology

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