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Our people-our expertise: Sarah Wheatley

Our people-our expertise

Sarah Wheatley

Qualifications | Research interests | Publications | Presentations

Sarah began working at Queensland Health in the Serology, Virology and Molecular Diagnostic department at the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital. In 2011 she transferred to Public Health Virology at Forensic and Scientific Services to continue work in infectious diseases.


  • Bachelor of Science, Griffith University, Queensland.

Research interests

  • Serological diagnosis of vector-borne viral and rickettsial diseases
  • Application of multiplexed microsphere (Luminex®) assays for diagnosis of vector-borne and other viral diseases


  • Trained and competent in Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA), National Association of Testing Authorities Australia (NATA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) and Biosecurity, Department of Agriculture (AQIS) requirements for PC2/PC3/PC4 laboratories
  • The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (RCPA) pre-issue testing and case history writing
  • Workplace Health and Safety representative
  • Administer, perform and report in Quality Assurance Programs resulting in improved quality within the department.


Hobson-Peters J, Harrison JJ, Watterson D, Hazlewood JE, Vet LJ, Newton ND, Warrilow D, Colmant AMG, Taylor CT, Huang B, Piyasena TBH, and Chow WK, Setoh YX, Tang B, Nakayama E, Yan K, Amarilla AA, Wheatley SL, Moore PR, Finger M, Kurucz N, Modhiran N, Young PR, Khromykh AA, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Suhrbier A, Hall RA, (2019) A rapid and low-containment recombinant platform for flavivirus vaccines and diagnostics using chimeras of a new insect-specific virus. Science Translational Medicine, 11(552). DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aax7888

Taylor CT, Mackay IM, McMahon J, Wheatley SL, Moore PR, Finger M, Hewitson GR, Moore, F (2018) Detection of specific ZIKV IgM in travelers using a Multiplexed Flavivirus Microsphere Immunoassay. Viruses, 10 (5). p. 253. DOI: 10.3390/v10050253


Presentation to RBWH Virology staff on Flavivirus Microsphere Immunoassay

May 2007: 'Comparison of RPR kits' [Poster], Viruses conference.


Sarah Wheatley
Senior Scientist, Virology
Public and Environmental Health