Professor Timms is a nationally and internationally renowned microbiologist with specific expertise in the area of Chlamydia. His laboratory is acknowledged as the leading Australian laboratory and one of the leading groups internationally working on all aspects of chlamydial infections
Research interests - He leads a well established research team of 10 people. His research group is developing vaccines and new diagnostics for chlamydial diseases in humans and animals as well as an improved understanding of chlamydial genomics, cell biology and pathogenicity. The group is widely acknowledged for its major contributions to chlamydial infections in koalas and other wildlife, including the development of a vaccine for koalas.
Publications - He has published over 190 papers, reviews and book chapters in peer-reviewed international scientific journals such as, Infection & Immunity, Molecular Microbiology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of Bacteriology (including front cover of the journal in 2009 for genome analysis of a koala strain of Chlamydia), PLoS Pathogens, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Trends in Microbiology, Bioinformatics. His papers have been cited over 3200 times and he has a h-index of 34.
Research funding - He has a highly successful track record in basic and applied research, as shown by his record for attracting competitive research funding; eg. NHMRC project grants (12 grants; over $3.5M total funding), USA National Institutes of Health (NIH), ARC Discovery grants (2 grants), ARC Linkage grants (3 grants), Queensland Government NIRAP Scheme ($1.88M), Wesley Hospital Foundation (2 grants).
Postgraduate student training - He has successfully graduated 18 PhD students in the past 10 years, many of whom have gone on to gain employment in high profile national and international locations.