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Our people-our expertise: John Bates (retired)

Our people-our expertise


John Bates

John has retired from service. If you are interested in his work and would like to know more, please contact us.

Qualifications | Research interests | Publications | Presentations | Memberships

After graduating, John worked as a veterinary microbiologist for three years at the Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Benalla, Victoria, followed by nine months at the Animal Research Institute, Yeerongpilly, Brisbane.

In 1980, employed as a research assistant at Queensland Institute of Medical Research, John studied Neonatal necrotising enterocolitis, PigBel and Cholera. He later joined State Health (later Forensic and Scientific Services) in 1983 as a scientist, and became Team Leader in 1988. He was appointed Chief Scientist, Public Health Microbiology in 1995.

John's career at Forensic and Scientific Services has been focused on improving capabilities to detect and investigate bacterial outbreaks, as well as increasing laboratory capabilities to investigate foodborne illnesses.

John is supported by a multi-skilled, dedicated and lateral thinking team which have been an inspiration during the summer of 2014-15 as the Public Health Microbiology unit responded to 17 large foodborne outbreaks of Salmonella typhimurium.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Biology), RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Associate Diploma of Computing, Central Queensland University



Munck N, Smith JJ, Bates JR, Glass K, Hald T, Kirk MD, (2019) Source Attribution of Salmonella in Macadamia Nuts to Animal and Environmental Reservoirs in Queensland, Australia. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease

Fearnley EJ, Lal A, Bates JR, Stafford RJ, Kirk MD, and Glass K. (2018) Salmonella source attribution in a subtropical state of Australia: capturing environmental reservoirs of infection. Epidemiology and Infection.

Ford L, Wang Q, Stafford RJ, Ressler K-A, Norton S, Shadbolt C, Hope K, Franklin N, Krsteski R, Carswell A, Carter GP, Seemann T, Howard P, Valcanis M, Fabiola Sotomayor Castillo C, Bates JR, Glass K, Williamson DA, Sintchenko V, Howden BP, Kirk M (2018) Seven Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreaks in Australia Linked by Trace-Back and Whole Genome Sequencing. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 15 (5). p. 285

May F, Stafford RJ, Carroll H. Robson JMB, Vohra R, Nimmo G, Bates JR, Kirk M, Fearnley EJ, Polkinghorne I (2017) The effects of culture independent diagnostic testing on the diagnosis and reporting of enteric bacterial pathogens in Queensland, 2010 to 2014. Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 41 (3).

Watkinson AJ, Micalizzi GR, Bates J, Costanzo SD (2017) Occurrence of antimicrobial resistant Escherichia coli in waterways of southeast Queensland, Australia. Med Res Arch. 5(9): 1-16

Trembizki E, Doyle C, Buckley C, Jennison AV, Smith H, Bates J, Sloots T, Nissen M, Lahra MM, Whiley D (2015) Estimating the prevalence of mixed-type gonococcal infections in Queensland, Australia. Sex Health. 12(5):439-44. doi: 10.1071/SH15009

Stevens K, Zaia A, Tawil S, Bates J, Hicks V, Whiley D, Limnios A, Lahra MM, Howden BP (2015) Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates with high-level reistance to azithromycin in Australia. J Antimicrob Chemother. 70(4): 1267-8. doi: 10.1093/jac/dku490

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