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The American Society for Microbiology honors Benjamin P. Howden
Date:9/13/2011

Benjamin P. Howden, Ph.D., Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia, has been chosen by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) to receive a 2011 ICAAC Young Investigator Award. Sponsored by the ASM, this award recognizes an early career scientist for research excellence in microbiology and infectious diseases.

Dr. Howden is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Medical Microbiologist at Austin Health, a leading tertiary hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne. His nominator, M. Lindsay Grayson of Austin Health, calls Dr. Howden "an outstanding infectious diseases physician and microbiologist whose key research focus has been the pathogenesis of serious bacterial infections, particularly Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Entercoccus faecium (VRE)."

Dr. Howden obtained his M.B.B.S. in 1993 from Monash University, and subsequently completed training as an Infectious Diseases Physician (as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians) and Medical Microbiologist (as a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia). During his doctoral studies at Monash University, Dr. Howden used new comparative and functional genomics approaches to understand in vivo evolution of S. aureus during persistent infection, with a focus on antimicrobial resistance mechanisms. These studies have led to new insights into the molecular basis of vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus (VISA), and have revealed a novel mechanism of reduced linezolid susceptibility in S. aureus.

His most recent research, based on the results of large-scale comparative genomics, has uncovered an important link between antimicrobial resistance and virulence in S. aureus. He is one of the leaders of an integrated bacterial research program based in the Austin Centre for Infection Research (ACIR) at Austin Health, a program focused on investigating the cl
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Contact: Garth Hogan
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American Society for Microbiology
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