Doctor Joshua Hayward

Research Officer


My work involves analyses of the microbiome within the female reproductive tract and the metabolites that they produce, with respect to their impact on sexually transmitted infections. I am also working toward the identification and characterisation of novel retroviruses in Australian mammals.

PhD Thesis
My thesis examined the antiviral defenses of bats, which are a significant source of viruses deadly to humans, and their history of infection with retroviruses. It identifies that bats have been host to a highly diverse range of retroviruses and finds that these viruses have been transmitted to other mammals. Bats are revealed to have unique features in their antiviral immune system that may give them an enhanced ability to control viral infections. This research was undertaken within the Retroviral Biology and Antivirals Research Laboratory, led by Assoc. Prof. Gilda Tachedjian.


  • 2016: PhD in Molecular Microbiology, Monash University, Australia
  • 2010: BScAdv(Hons), Monash University, Australia


  • 2016: Harold Mitchell Foundation Travel Fellowship
  • 2011: Ed Westaway Prize
  • 2010: Monash Vice Chancellor’s Honours-PhD Scholarship
  • 2009: Solly Faine Prize

Projects (6)

Current (4)

  • Antimicrobial and immune modulatory effects of vaginal microbiota metabolites

  • Burnet Microbiome Initiative

  • Impact of a vaginal microbiota metabolite on epithelium integrity and HIV susceptibility

  • Intrinsic host antiviral activity against pathogenic viruses

Publications (9)

2020 (3)

2019 (1)

2018 (2)

2016 (1)

2015 (1)

2013 (1)

News Articles (9)

2020 (3)

2018 (4)

2015 (1)

2012 (1)