Established in 2016, the Greening Lab is based in the Department of Microbiology at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Melbourne, Australia. We are a diverse team of microbiologists, biochemists, ecologists, and bioinformaticians working together to understand the causes and consequences of bacterial persistence. Through work primarily funded by the National Health & Medical Research (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC), and Wellcome Trust, we investigate persistence of environmental and pathogenic microorganisms in the context of three core themes — click on each image to learn more:




Major new publications

2019 has been an unprecedented year for the lab. We have published multiple articles in the top journals ISME Journal, Nature Communications, Nature Microbiology, and mSystems. Congratulations to all lab members and collaborators involved.

Welcome newcomers!

The lab has expanded in the last six months. We’re delighted to welcome Dr Rachael Lappan as a postdoc, Caitlin Welsh as an Honours student, and Katie Bayly, David Gillett, and Bob Leung as PhD students. Details of their backgrounds and projects can be found here.

Prestigious award

Chris has been awarded the Australian Society for Microbiology’s Jim Pittard Award for Early Career Researcher. He will present his award lecture, focusing on bacteria that live on air, in July.

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Left to Right: Bob Leung (PhD), David Gillett (PhD), Guy Shelley (RA), Dr Rachael Lappan (postdoc), Sean Bay (PhD), Paul Cordero (PhD), Caitlin Welsh (Honours), Associate Professor Chris Greening, Dr Eleonora Chiri (postdoc), Dr Rhys Grinter (postdoc), Ashleigh Cropp (RA), Zahra Islam (PhD), Katie Bayly (PhD), Tent Jirapanjawat (PhD), Rajini Brammananth (RA, Coppel lab), Charles Mu (RA, Coppel lab), Abraham Freijah (Honours). Absent: Helena Chen (PhD) and Dr Paul Crellin (postdoc, Coppel Lab).