Dr Bonnie Quigley - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Bonnie Quigley

PhD Qu. M Sask. BSc Sask.

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
+61 7 5430 2864
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Sunshine Coast
Dr Bonnie Quigley

Dr Quigley brings a range of experience from both human and animal health fields to study what factors are important contributors to koala health. Her current work focuses on infectious diseases that impact koalas. Dr Quigley has a strong focus towards understanding Koala Retrovirus (KoRV), a virus that is widespread in the koala population and has been linked to immunosuppression and cancer in koalas. Additionally, her research also includes studying Chlamydia, which is well recognised as a serious disease leading to blindness, infertility and death in koalas. Along with basic science research projects, Dr Quigley is part of the USC team working on developing koala vaccines for both major pathogens. Overall, Dr Quigley’s work aims to improve the well-being of koalas.


  • Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Fellowship (Retroviral Pathogenesis), 2019
    • International award for work in the field of retroviral research

Research grants

Project name Funding body
Can compounds from certain eucalypt trees be used to treat retrovirus infections in koalas? Gympie Regional Council
Improving anti-chlamydial responses in NSW koalas with a Chlamydia-Koala retrovirus combination vaccine NSW Office of Environment and Heritage NSW Koala Strategy
Comparing Koala Retrovirus (KoRV) infection between Central and Southeast Queensland koalas Royal Society of Queensland

Research areas

  • Koala Retrovirus (KoRV)
  • Chlamydial Disease
  • Vaccine Development
  • Immunogenetics
  • Molecular Microbiology

Teaching areas

  • Immunology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Molecular Biotechnology

Dr Quigley is microbiologist and immunologist, with research expertise in veterinary microbiology, retrovirology, chlamydial disease and vaccine development.

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