Honghua 'Helen' Hu
Research Fellow, Surgical Infection Research Group
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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.
- 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
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.