Dr Derek Sarovich - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Derek Sarovich

PhD Qld., GradCert Res Comm Qld., BSc(Hons) Qld.

  • Senior Research Fellow, Advance Queensland
+61 7 5456 3748
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Dr Derek Sarovich

Derek is currently an Advance Queensland Fellow who joined USC in mid-2017 as a Senior Research Fellow. Derek is a molecular microbiologist and bioinformatician and is interested in antibiotic resistance, bacterial pathogenesis, molecular epidemiology, genomics and transcriptomics. Derek works closely with several clinically focused collaborators to bring next-generation sequencing technologies to the clinical realm, with a focus on improved treatment and diagnostics of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, particularly those with high morbidity and mortality.


  • Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology (FASM), 2018
  • Charles Darwin University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Performance in Research, 2016
  • NHMRC Research Excellent Award, 2013

Selected research grants

Project name Funding Body
Using metagenomics to improve diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) lung infections Wishlist - Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services Study, Education, Research Trust fund Research Grants
The Darwin Perspective Melioidosis Study: Years 27-31 National Health and Medical Research Council
More rapid and cost-effective diagnosis of antibiotic-resistant infections QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund
Whole genome sequencing to evaluate within-host diversity of Staphylococcus aureus Pathology Queensland - Study, Education and Research Committee


Research areas

  • Bioinformatics
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Diagnostics
  • Microbiology
  • Next-generation sequencing