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The Bacteriology Laboratory conducts research into the major bacterial diseases in PNG. Many of the most important diseases in PNG are caused by bacteria, including pneumonia, typhoid fever and cholera. Our studies aim to improve the health of Papua New Guineans through various mechanisms, including research that will lead to the introduction of much needed vaccines, improving diagnosis of diseases, and gaining a greater understanding of the aetiology of diseases and the organisms that cause disease. In many cases the information arising from our studies is often useful to the study participant, as it provides information on what is causing the illness and the most suitable treatment. Ultimately, we hope to guide national health policy.

Current projects:


Infection and Immunity



Dr William Pomat
Deputy Director - Science and Unit Head

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