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Our people-our expertise: Judy Northill

Our people-our expertise

Judy Northill

Qualifications | Research interests | Publications | Presentations | Protocols | Grants and funding

Judy is a senior laboratory technician in the Public Health Virology laboratory of Forensic and Scientific Services and has been with Queensland Health for 32 years starting her career at the Laboratory of Microbiology and Pathology in 1987.

In her current role, she designs and validates molecular tests for viruses and rickettsia that are used by the Molecular Virology team, with many made available to outside laboratories by the collaborative platform server, protocols.io

Qualifications

Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Laboratory Techniques - Clinical), Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, Toowoomba, Queensland.

Publications

McMahon J, Northill JA, Finger M,Lyon M, Lambert SB, Mackay IM, (2020) Laboratory methods supporting measles surveillance in Queensland, Australia, 2010–2017. Access Microbiology

Northill JA, Simmons RJ, Genge D, Moore F (2020) Molecular characterization of the first reported Aichivirus A in Australia. Access Microbiology. DOI: 

McMahon J, Northill JA, Finger M, Lyon MJ, Lambert SB, Mackay IM (2018) Laboratory methods supporting measles surveillance in Queensland, Australia, 2010-2017. bioRxiv. DOI:

Huang B, West NP, Vider J, Cox AJ, Constantino T, Harrower BJ, Pyke AT, McMahon J, Northill JA, Riordan T, and Warrilow D (2017) Diagnosis and typing of influenza using fluorescent barcoded probes. Scientific Reports, Dec 22;7(1):18092 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-18333-7

Shrestha AC, Flower RL, Seed CR, Keller AJ, Harley R, Chan HT, Hoad V, Warrilow D, Northill JA, Holmbers JA, and Faddy HM. Hepatitis E virus RNA in Australian blood donations. Transfusion. 2016 Dec;56(12):3086-93. DOI: 10.1111/trf.13799

Prow NA, Edmonds JH, Williams DT, Setoh YX, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Suen WW, Hobson-Peters J, van den Hurk AF, Pyke AT, Hall-Mendelin S, Northill JA, Johansen CA, Warrilow D, Wang J, Kirkland PD, Doggett S, Andrade CC, Brault AC, Khromykh AA and Hall RA. Virulence and Evolution of West Nile Virus, Australia, 1960–2012. Emerging Infectious Disease journal. 2016;22(8):1353. DOI: 10.3201/eid2208.151719

van den Hurk AF, Hall-Mendelin S, Townsend M, Kurucz N, Edwards J, Ehlers G, Rodwell C, Moore FA, Northill JA, Simmons RJ, Cortis G, Melville L, Whelan PI, and Ritchie S. Applications of a sugar-based surveillance system to track arboviruses in wild mosquito populations. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 14(1):66-73. DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2013.1373

Francis JR, Nourse C, Vaska VL, Calvert S, Northill JA, McCall B, and Mattke AC. Australian Bat Lyssavirus in a child: the first reported case. Pediatrics. 2014;133(4):2013-1782. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-1782

For publications earlier than 2014 go to https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7549-3343

Presentations

June 2015: Human Astrovirus in South-East Queensland 2014. In: Communicable Disease Control Conference, 1st-2nd June 2015, Brisbane Qld.

December 2010:  A little Bit of HEV’n. In: Communicable Diseases Forum, Forensic and Scientific Services, Coopers Plains, Qld.

December 2009: Molluscum contagiosum virus detection by real-time PCR. In: 5th Australian Virology group meeting 2009. Lorne, Vic.

March 2009: Ebola. Public Health Virology R&D meeting, Forensic and Scientific Services, Coopers Plains, Qld.

November 2008: Aichivirus in Queensland. In: ASM Serology/Virology special interest group meeting, Brisbane, Qld.

February 2008: Aichivirus in Queensland.  In: Public Health Virology Research & Development meeting, Forensic and Scientific Services, Coopers Plains, Qld.

February 2008: 4th Australian Virology group meeting, conference report and update. In: Public Health Virology Research & Development meeting, Forensic and Scientific Services, Coopers Plains, Qld.

November 2006: Robotic nucleic acid extraction for Influenza detection. In: 6th Annual Health and medical Research conference of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld.

2006: Qiagen Universal Biorobot – Update since the training session. In: Public Health Virology Research & Development meeting, Forensic and Scientific Services, Coopers Plains, Qld.

2004: Varicella Zoster virus. In: Public Health Virology Research & Development meeting, Forensic and Scientific Services, Coopers Plains, Qld.

December 2003: Detection of Japanese Encephalitis Virus, Murray Valley Encephalitis Virus and Kunjin virus using TaqMan fluorogenic probes. In: 2nd Australian Virology Group Meeting, Fraser Island, Qld.

December 2003: Detection of Japanese Encephalitis Virus using a TaqMan Fluorogenic Probe. In: Annual Queensland Health and Medical Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, Qld.

December 2002: Comparison of two methods for extracting viral RNA from faecal material. In: Queensland Health & Medical Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, Qld.

December 2001: Comparison of two methods for extracting viral RNA from faecal material.  In: 1st Australian Virology Group Meeting, Fraser Island, Qld.

September 2001: TaqMan: Real Time Detection of DNA. DNA Technology special interest group meeting, Queensland Health Scientific Services, Coopers Plains, Qld.

April 2001: RNA extractions from faecal material. In: Public Health Virology Research & Development meeting, Forensic and Scientific Services, Coopers Plains, Qld.

August 1998: I’ve got a virus! In: Queensland Health Scientific Services lunchtime seminar series, Coopers Plains, Qld.

August 1996: The effect of Axsyms at the State Health Laboratory. In: Queensland Axsym user group meeting, Brisbane, Qld.

Protocols

Grants and funding

2010-2013 Research assistant, QHFSS Cabinet Grant RSS12-002: Utilisation of Baculovirus Recombinant Systems to Express Hendra and Nipah virus Proteins for Research and Applied Diagnostics.

 

Judy Northill
Senior Laboratory Technician, Public and Environmental Health
email: Judy.Northill@health.qld.gov.au