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Our people-our expertise: Gino Micalizzi

Our people-our expertise

Gino Micalizzi

Qualifications | Research interests | Publications | Presentations | Memberships and committees

Gino Micalizzi is an Australian public health Microbiologist at Forensic and Scientific Services (FSS), Department of Health.

Gino has over 30 years experience in microbiology, and pathology. In that time he has attained extensive experience across food, water, and clinical microbiology. This unique knowledge and skill enables him to provide authoritative advice and information to government and non-government agencies regarding bacterial microorganism of public health importance.

The FSS laboratory is one of two laboratories nationally which are accredited to undertake public health investigations. Gino leads the laboratory investigations which fall under this accreditation. He is a recognised authority and point of reference for enteric pathogen characterisation and is regularly sought out for advice and involvement in outbreak control teams, and for public health investigations.

Gino has a special interest in the epidemiology and surveillance of enteric pathogens. He is a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Enteric Reference Network committee and is involved in numerous other laboratory-based committees.


  • Associate Diploma of Applied Science, University of Southern Queensland, Qld.
  • Master of Clinical Science, Griffith University, Qld.
  • Diploma of Management, TAFE Queensland, Qld.

Research interests and expertise


Hiley L, Fang N-X, Micalizzi GR, Bates J (2014) Distribution of Gifsy-3 and of Variants of ST64B and Gifsy-1 prophages amongst Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium isolates: Evidence that combinations of prophages promote clonality. PLoS ONE 9(1): e86203. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0086203

Micalizzi GR (2013) B-Lactamases in Salmonella enterica isolated in Australia. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 17(1), E47.

Watkinson AJ, Micalizzi GR, Graham GM, Bates JB, Costanzo SD (2007) Environmental microbiology: antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli in wastewaters, surface waters, and oysters from an urban riverine system. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73(17): 5667-5670. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00763-07

Watkinson AJ, Micalizzi GR, Graham GM, Bates JB, Costanzo SD (2007). Novel method for rapid assessment of antibiotic resistance in Escherichia coli isolates from environmental waters by use of a modified chromogenic agar. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73(7): 2224-2229  DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02099-06

Epstein J, McKee J, Shaw P, Hicks V, Micalizzi G, Daszak P, Kilpatrick A, KaufmanG. (2006) Australian white ibis as a reservoir of zoonotic and livestock pathogens. EcoHealth 3(4):290-298. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-006-0064-2

Bell RJ, Towner CD, Vakaci GR, Micalizzi GR, McCall BJ, Neill, AS (2003) An outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium phage type 135a in a child care centre. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 27(2): 257-9.

Stafford RJ, McCall BJ, Neill AS, Micalizzi GR (2002) A statewide outbreak of Salmonella Bovismorbificans phage type 32 infection in Queensland. Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 26:568–73.


2008-2017: QLD Annual State Surveillance Report, In: Australian and New Zealand Enteric Reference Network.

July 2019: Presentation to Metro South Public Health Unit, Public Health Microbiology capabilities and services.

May 2019: Presentation to Pathology Queensland Laboratory Test of the Fortnight series, Public Health Microbiology overview and capabilities.

2015: Salmonella Typhimurium epidemiology, In: National OzFoodNet annual meeting.

2014 Public Health Unit’s professional development seminars, Salmonella Typhimurium epidemiology.

2014 Public Health Medical Officers Meeting, Six months after the introduction of faeces PCR in QLD.

2014: Introduction of faeces Multiplex PCR, In: Australian and New Zealand Enteric Reference Network, Melbourne.

2014: Salmonella outbreaks on the increase, In: Australian Society of Microbiology Special Interest Group.

2014 Public Health Medical Officers Meeting, Impact of introduction of Multiplex faeces PCR on Public Health Surveillance.

2012 Public Health Medical Officers Meeting, Salmonella spp epidemiology in QLD.

2012: Salmonella spp in Queensland, In: National OzFoodNet annual conference.

2011: Beta-lacamase in Salmonella sp, In: Australian Society of Microbiology Special Interest Group.

2010: Detection and epidemiological analysis of beta-lactamases in Salmonella, In: International Australian Society of Antimicrobials Conference, Sydney, NSW.

September 2004: Ecosystem response to human, veterinary and growth promoting antibiotics in the aquatic environment, with Costanzo SD, Watkinson AJ, Murby J, Eaglesham G, Bates J, Meyer M. In: CSIRO Symposium and Workshop, Canberra, ACT

Memberships and committees

Gino Micalizzi
Senior Scientist
Public Health Microbiology
phone: +61 7 3096 2831