Professor Ruth Hall

Ruth Hall obtained her B.Sc (Hons) at the University of Sydney and a PhD in Molecular Biology from Edinburgh University. On returning to Australia, she was a Lecturer in Biochemistry at Monash University, and after short stints at ANU and then the Biozentrum in Basel, Switzerland, she held a research position in CSIRO for over 20 years, rising to Chief research scientist before being made redundant. In 2003, she began re-building a research group at the University of Sydney, where she remains. She held an NHMRC Senior Principal Fellowship from 2005-2011. In recognition of her discovery and characterisation of the gene cassette/integron system, she was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) in 2005 and Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2010. She was the Australian Society for Microbiology Rubbo Orator in 2004, and in 2005 won the American Society for Microbiology Sanofi-Aventis Award for research in the field of antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy. In 2012, she was awarded the AAS MacFarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture. In 2014, she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for contributions to Microbiology. Ruth has long-standing and ongoing research interests in the acquisition of antimicrobial resistance by Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica and Acinetobacter baumannii) with a focus on the mobile genetic elements, gene cassettes/integrons, transposons and insertion sequences, plasmids and integrative elements, and the mechanisms involved in their movement.