Dr Martina Jelocnik

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Dr Martina Jelocnik


Teaching areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology

Research areas

  • Veterinary microbiology
  • Molecular microbiology and epidemiology
  • Molecular epidemiology and comparative genomics of chlamydial species infecting human, livestock and wildlife hosts
  • Development of molecular diagnostic tests
  • Investigating zoonotic potential of chlamydiae


Dr Martina Jelocnik is an Early Career Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Centre for Animal Health Innovation. In June 2016, she has been awarded PhD in Microbiology from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Her research is focused on investigating the genetic diversity, molecular epidemiology and phylogenomics of chlamydial infections in livestock and wildlife, with particular interest in zoonotic events caused by chlamydial pathogens.

Key publications

  • Jelocnik M et al., 2017. Multi locus sequence typing identifies an avian-like Chlamydia psittaci strain involved in equine placentitis and associated with subsequent human psittacosis. Emerging Microbes and Infection 6:e7.
  • Branley J, Bachmann N, Jelocnik M et al., 2016. Australian human and parrot Chlamydia psittaci strains cluster within the highly virulent 6BC clade of this important zoonotic pathogen. Scientific reports 6:30019.
  • Jelocnik M et al., 2015. Genetic diversity in the plasticity zone and the presence of the chlamydial plasmid differentiates Chlamydia pecorum strains from pigs, sheep, cattle, and koalas. BMC Genomics 16: p. 893.
  • Jelocnik M et al., 2014. Evaluation of the relationship between Chlamydia pecorum sequence types and disease using a species-specific multi-locus sequence typing scheme (MLST). Veterinary Microbiology 174: p. 214-22.
  • Jelocnik M et al., 2014. Molecular and pathological insights into Chlamydia pecorum-associated sporadic bovine encephalomyelitis (SBE) in Western Australia. BMC Veterinary Research 10: p. 121.
  • Jelocnik M et al., 2013. Multi-locus sequence analysis provides insights into the molecular epidemiology of Chlamydia pecorum infections in Australian sheep, cattle and koalas. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 51: p. 2625-32.
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