Researcher

Dr Stuart Hamilton

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Biography

I am a NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Virology Research Laboratory, SEALS Microbiology, Prince of Wales Hospital and School of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of New South Wales. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree at UNSW with a double major in Molecular Biology/Medical Microbiology and Immunology. I received 1st class honours for my research and was the recipient of the...view more

I am a NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Virology Research Laboratory, SEALS Microbiology, Prince of Wales Hospital and School of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of New South Wales. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree at UNSW with a double major in Molecular Biology/Medical Microbiology and Immunology. I received 1st class honours for my research and was the recipient of the inaugural Stillbirth Foundation Australia PhD Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award. My PhD project investigated human cytomegalovirus (CMV) immunomodulation within the placenta during pregnancy and the implications for adverse pregnancy outcomes, in addition to the development of novel antiviral siRNA molecules as a potential therapeutic. During my PhD I accumulated extensive national and international experience and expertise in the fields of virology, immunology, placentology, molecular biology and diagnostics at various leading institutions including the Institute for Clinical and Molecular Biology, University of Nuremberg-Erlangen, Germany.

Research Interests
My research interests include determining the mechanisms by which CMV placental infection can lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes and investigating antiviral compounds for use during pregnancy. 
– Examining the adverse effects CMV infection has on placental development/function and pregnancy outcomes
– Understanding transmission modes of intrauterine CMV infection
– Developing novel ex vivo placental explant histoculture systems for pathogenesis and therapeutic studies
– Investigating CMV antiviral safety and efficacy profiles in human placental models
– Discovering novel biomarkers for adverse pregnancy outcomes


My Qualifications

BSc, PhD 


My Awards

2020    UNSW 3Rs Grant Scheme
2019    Best New Investigator Paper - International Federation of Placenta Associations and Placenta Journal 
2018    Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award
2017    NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Early Career Fellowship
2015    Australasian Virology Society Early Career Researcher Session Chair Award
2012    Postgraduate Research Student Support Award UNSW
2010    The Inaugural Stillbirth Foundation Australia PhD Scholarship
2010    Australian Postgraduate Award
2009    Australian Society of Microbiology Honours Student Prize
2009    Australian Virology Group Student Presentation Award
2009    Coast Association Tow Awards Poster Prize


My Research Supervision


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Currently supervising

PhD and Honours students

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Location

Virology Research Laboratory, Level 3, Clinical Sciences Building, Prince of Wales Hospital

Contact

0293829096