Dr Hayley Newton

Doctor Hayley Newton is a molecular and cellular microbiologist within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne. Hayley moved to her current position in Melbourne in 2013 following postdoctoral studies within the laboratory of Professor Craig Roy, at Yale University, USA. Here she worked extensively on developing our understanding of the pathogenesis of the intracellular bacterial pathogen Coxiella burnetii. Hayley developed pioneering techniques to genetically manipulate this organism and demonstrated that the Dot/Icm type IV secretion system is an essential virulence determinant. At the University of Melbourne, Hayley is establishing a research program examining the virulence strategies of intracellular bacterial pathogens. She has a keen interest and focus on how effector proteins of the Dot/Icm system of C. burnetii and Legionella species manipulate eukaryotic cell function to promote intracellular replication and disease.