Burnet Microbiome Initiative

Non-optimal cervicovaginal microbiota is associated with adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes. However, the nature of the vaginal microbiota in Papua New Guinean women of reproductive age, which can vary depending on race, is unknown.

Furthermore, the role of the vaginal microbiome in protecting against or increasing susceptibility to sexually transmitted infection (STIs), and adverse reproductive health outcomes including preterm delivery and birth weight are unknown in this specific cohort.

This initiative will advance knowledge of the diversity of bacteria colonised in the cervicovagina as well as generate pilot data and build capacity for microbiome research at Burnet.




  • Dr Philippe Boeuf
  • Professor James Beeson
  • Associate Professor Catriona Bradshaw
  • Dr Paul Agius
  • Associate Professor Freya Fowkes
  • Dr Michelle Scoullar

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Professor Gilda Tachedjian

Head of Life Sciences; Head of Tachedjian Laboratory (Retroviral Biology and Antivirals)