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Overview

Current Work

Dr Seib’s research focuses on understanding how certain bacteria cause disease in humans, with the aim to identify vaccine and drug targets. She currently works on several pathogenic bacteria, including Neisseria gonorrhoeae (causes the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhea, which can lead to infertility), Neisseria meningitidis (causes sepsis, meningitis), and Moraxella catarrhalis (causes middle ear infections, exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),  

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Expertise Keywords

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology
  • Vaccine Development

Subject Area Codes

  • BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
  • Cellular Interactions (incl. Adhesion, Matrix, Cell Wall)
  • Epigenetics (incl. Genome Methylation and Epigenomics)
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Innate Immunity
  • MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
  • Microbial Genetics

Country Affiliations

  • Italy

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 53 (Other: 53)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Background

Bio

Dr Seib’s research is focused on understanding the processes involved in host colonisation and disease, with the aim to identify therapeutic targets of mucosal pathogens including Moraxella catarrhalis (causes middle ear infections and exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Neisseria meningitidis (causes sepsis and meningitis), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (causes the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhea, which can lead to infertility) and Escherichia coli (causes intestinal and urinary tract disease as well sepsis and meningitis).

Dr Seib completed a PhD in microbiology in 2004 from the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) and worked briefly as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Australia, followed by 6.5 years at Novartis Vaccines (Siena, Italy) as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Project Leader. During this time she developed a strong understanding of industry, vaccine development, and team management. She was part of the team working on the serogroup B meningococcal vaccine (Bexsero™) that was recently licensed in Europe, Australia and the USA.

Dr Seib returned to Australia in late 2012 and is a Group Leader at the Institute for Glycomics. The Institute for Glycomics is a flagship biomedical research institute at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus. The purpose-designed building is located adjacent to the new Gold Coast University Hospital and is an integral component of the emerging Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, making it ideally situated for translational research, clinical trials and research training. The Institute’s advantage is its focused approach to drug, vaccine and diagnostic technology discovery and development using its world-leading scientific expertise and a unique multidisciplinary approach.

Dr Seib was awarded an Australian National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship in 2013 and has additional funding from NHMRC Project Grants. Her group currently consists of 2 Postdoctoral Researchers, 2 PhD Students and several undergraduate work-experience students. Within the Institute she is a member of the Research and Research Training Committee and is a Higher Degree Research Convenor, responsible for guiding PhD students through their PhD program.

Dr Seib is actively involved in several professional activities. She is the current Vice President (Scientific Affairs) of the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM), an ASM Fellow (FASM), an Associate Editor for the journals Scientific Reports, and BMC Microbiology, and a regular reviewer of manuscripts and grant applications for various journals and international granting bodies. Dr Seib also regularly participates in community activities to increase interest in Science (e.g., the Gold Coast Kids’ S.T.E.M. Convention; Griffith Science on the GO! - Annual Science & Engineering Challenges; Griffith University Mentoring Program; Gold Coast Science Fair).
 

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, University of Queensland 2000 - 2004
  • BScHons Bachelor Of Science With Honours, University of Queensland 1999 - 1999
  • BSc Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland 1996 - 1998