Dr Markus Kerr

Academic Imaging Specialist

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure)


The aim of my research is to determine the underlying molecular interractions that occur between pathogens and their host and to use this information to develop novel avenues for therapeutic intervention.

Dr Kerr received his PhD from The University of Queensland in 2006, working with Associate Professor Rohan D. Teasdale on membrane trafficking. In 2011 he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to extend his skills into the host-pathogen arena at the Max-Planck Institute for Infection Biology. In 2013 he was awarded an ARC DECRA fellowship to return to the UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience where he is working with Rohan again to exmaine how pathogens exploit mammalian endocytic pathways during infection.

Research Interests

  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
    Host-pathogen interactions are the interface of infectious diseases. By studying these processes we not only gain valuable fundamental insight into both organisms involved, we also identify possible avenues for therapeutic intervention. My current focus is upon how intracellular pathogens like Chlamydia and Salmonella manipulate the cell to generate their replicative niche.


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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Other Outputs

  • Kerr, Markus Charles (2006). Redefining the retromer. PhD Thesis, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/158155

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision