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Dr Josh Ramsay

Dr Ramsay is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow with wide ranging interests in bacterial gene regulation and evolution. An overarching theme to his research is the evolution of bacteria through horizontal gene transfer and the biology of the mobile genetic elements that facilitate horizontal gene transfer. 


Dr Ramsay carried out his PhD in 2004-2008 at the University of Otago with Prof. Clive Ronson. He was then a University of Cambridge Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Fellow from 2008-2011 and a Health Sciences Career Development Fellow at the University of Otago until 2013. Dr Ramsay's investigations explore the impacts of mobile genetic elements in both health related and agricultural contexts. Research in the Ramsay lab is currently funded by both the NHMRC and ARC.



University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

PhD, Genetics, Regulation of Excision and Transfer of the Mesorhizobium loti R7A Symbiosis Island


University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

BSc(Hons), First Class, Genetics.


Recent Grants & Fellowships


2017 NHMRC Project Grant "Redefining antibiotic resistance plasmid transfer in Staphylococcus aureus" APP1145697. ($735,585) CIA Neville Firth (UoS), CIB Joshua Ramsay (Curtin) and CIC Charles Bond (UWA).

2017 ARC Future Fellowship  "Harnessing horizontal gene transfer for sustainable nitrogen fixation" ($780,000) Dr Joshua Ramsay


2017 Royal Society of New Zealand, Marsden Fund. "Silencing unwanted expression in molecular circuits using naturally evolved solutions" ($750,000 NZD) Associate Investigator.


2017 ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities "From powders to proteins: Improving diffraction science in Western Australia" ($700,000) Chief Investigator (#11)


Senior Lecturer and ARC Future Fellow
School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences and Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Australia

Adjunct Senior Lecturer
School of Molecular Sciences, University of Western Australia, Australia

Lecturer in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Australia

Adjunct Lecturer
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Western Australia, Australia

Health Sciences Division Career Development Fellow
Prof. Clive W. Ronson's Group, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Fellow
Prof. George P. C. Salmond's Group, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK.

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