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Professor Tim Stinear is a Senior NHMRC Research Fellow and molecular microbiologist in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne, Australia. He leads a bacterial pathogenesis research lab that focuses on using comparative and functional genomics to understand how certain bacteria evolve, spread and cause disease. In particular, his team studies pathogenic mycobacteria and hospital superbugs Staphylococcus aureus (Golden Staph) and Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE). He received his PhD in Microbiology from Monash University in 2001 followed by a 3-year postdoctoral period at the Institut Pasteur, Paris. He is a fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology.