Doctor Riya Palchaudhuri

Postdoctoral Research Scientist


Following the completion of her Master of Applied Microbiology degree, Riya joined as a Junior Research Fellow at Clinical Virology Division, Department of Microbiology St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India. Her research was focused towards understanding the dynamics of natural host immunity among differentially progressing antiretroviral therapy-naïve children. During her research training in India, she also used the Cavidi Exavir Assay, a useful cost-effective surrogate for virological monitoring in resource-limited settings. This experience greatly captured her interest and led her to apply for a doctoral scholarship to conduct research in an exciting new area of point-of-care rapid diagnostics for sepsis.

In 2015, she joined Prof Suzanne Crowe, A/Prof David and Dr Clovis Palmer at Burnet Institute as a PhD student. During her PhD candidature, she discovered novel aspects of the biology of a protein, called CD64, and provided proof-of-concept for the use of CD64 with a surrogate marker for neutrophils, neutrophil elastase, for an early sepsis diagnostic test at point-of-care.

Riya completed her PhD in June 2019 and is currently working as a post-doctoral scientist under the supervision of Ms Mary Garcia and A/Prof David Anderson. Her research is primarily focused towards the development of a novel, rapid point-of-care test which can be performed at the bedside and shows real potential for quickly identifying which patients have sepsis.


  • 2015- 2019 Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2008-2010 Master of Science in Applied Microbiology
  • 2005-2008 Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology
  • 2006-2007 Diploma in Bioinformatics


- International Sepsis Forum Travel Grant.

- International Sepsis Forum Travel Grant.
- Miller Foundation Biomedical Research Travel Award - Burnet Institute, Australia.
- Monash Postgraduate Travel Award.
- Monash Institute of Medical Engineering Travel Award.

- Young Investigator Scholarship - International Antiviral Society, USA.
- Monash Institute of Medical Engineering Travel Award.

- Bursary award - Rotary Club of Preston, Australia.
- Faculty Graduate Research International Scholarship - Monash University, Australia.
- Monash Graduate Scholarship - Monash University, Australia.

Projects (1)

Current (1)

  • Development of a point-of-care test for neonatal sepsis

Publications (10)

2019 (2)

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2019 (1)

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