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Honghua 'Helen' Hu

Research Fellow, Surgical Infection Research Group

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Contact Details

Tel: (02) 9850 2709


Level 1, 75 Talavera Road, Macquarie University

Dr. Honghua Hu is a molecular microbiologist in bacterial infection control and bacterial biofilm research field. Dr. Hu’s technique expertise includes molecular quantification, identification and genotyping of bacteria; fluorescent in situ hybridisation and microbiome analysis using next generation sequencing.


BSc, PhD

Research Interest 

  • Microbiome study of bacterial biofilms in medical implants and devices: such as breast implants, dental implants, orthopaedic implants and endoscope tubes
  • Modification of medical implant environment to prevent bacterial biofilm  formation and subsequent implant failure
  • Microbiome study of dry surface biofilms in hospital environment and patient’s home environment
  • Development of in vitro  single or mixed dry biofilm model to mimic hospital environment for developing new biofilm removal strategy

Select Publications

1. Hu H, Jacombs A, Vickery K, Merten SL, Pennington DG, Deva AK.  Chronic biofilm infection in breast implants is associated with an increased T cell lymphocytic infiltrate – implications for breast implant associated lymphoma. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2015; 135(2):319-329.

2. Hu H, Johani K, Gosbell IB, Jacombs A, Almatroudi A, Whiteley GS, Deva AK, Jensen S and Vickery K. Intensive care unit environmental surfaces are contaminated by multi-resistant bacteria in biofilms: combined results of conventional culture, pyrosequencing, scanning electron microscopy and confocal laser microscopy. Journal of Hospital Infection. 2015;91:35-44.DOI 10.1016/j.jhin.2015.05.016.

3. Almatroudi A, Hu H, Deva A, Gosbell I, Jacombs A, Jensen S, Whiteley GS, Glasbey T, Vickery K. A new dry-surface biofilm model: an essential tool for efficacy testing of hospital surface decontamination procedures. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 2015; DOI information: 10.1016/j.mimet.2015.08.003.

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