Congratulations to CIIC Group Leader Dr Elise Pelzer on her promotion to QUT Senior Lecturer. As a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Associate Fellow (Indigenous), Dr Pelzer has a keen interest in improving the contextual relevance of the microbiology and infection control content that she teaches. Dr Pelzer recently published outcomes from this work in BMC Medical Education, leveraging the teaching-research nexus to inform scholarly practice. The article entitled “Implementation of a structured practical activity to analyse student healthcare worker perceptions and compliance with prescribed infection control procedures” can be accessed at https://rdcu.be/cDeNQ.
Dr Pelzer’s research is focused on understanding how host-microbe interactions in early life impact future health and disease. She studies how changes in the microbial communities that live in and on our bodies can modulate changes in how we function by:
- Characterising the microbiome of mothers and babies
- Identifying predictive asthma and allergy signatures
- Examining probiotic effectiveness