PhD, BSc (MedSc), PGrad Dip Biomed Sc, FFSc (RCPA), FASM
Professor Geoffrey Coombs is the Chair of Public Health at the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University and the Senior Clinical Scientist for PathWest Laboratory Medicine – WA, Fiona Stanley Hospital.
At Murdoch University, he and his colleagues have established a three million dollar one health antimicrobial and infectious diseases research laboratory, which enables his group to perform basic and clinical antimicrobial resistance research on human and animal isolates.
The laboratory has become the reference laboratory for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) Australian S. aureus (ASSOP) and Enterococcus (AESOP) Sepsis Onset Programs.
In the course of his professional career, he has received several awards including a Distinguished Service Award from the Australian Society for Microbiology (2016), a Royal College of Pathology of Australasia Faculty of Science Fellowship (2010) and a Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation for his PhD (2013). He has been an invited speaker at many national and international scientific meetings, and has published over 140 peer reviewed scientific papers.
He is a member of the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, Secretary General of the International Society for Chemotherapy, Vice President of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials and a Fellow of The Australian Society for Microbiology.
Professor Coombs first joined AGAR in 1990. He is a long-term member of the AGAR Executive and has been the AGAR Chair since 2015.