Robbie Haines

Mr, BSc., GradCertHlthPrm., GradDipNsg(Emerg.), MNursSc., MInfectDis.

  • The University of Western Australia (M504), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Robbie is a PhD candidate investigating novel methods to measure microbial interactions - this work forms the basis for understanding how and why microbiomes develop, stabilise, deteriorate or ebb and flow. As a former intensive care clinician, Robbie saw the severe disease that antimicrobial resistant bacteria are capable of causing, and he developed a passionate research interest in antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial drug discovery, and host protective factors for colonisation. In 2021, he completed his masters dissertation entitled with a first-class honours grade. Currently, Robbie is a research assistant for Assoc/Prof. Katherine Hammer.

Research interests

Antimicrobial resistance

  • Antimicrobial drug discovery
    • Exploiting the biodiversity of Australian native plants as a reservoir for novel antimicrobials.
  • Biofilms as a therapeutic barrier
    • Disruption/dispersal of biofilm as a major factor in antimicrobial resistant infections.
  • The microbiome as a protective factor
    • Identify bacteria associated with health and exploit these bacteria for probiotic purposes.

Previous positions

Clinical Background:
A/Clinical Nurse Specalist (Intensive Care)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Infectious Diseases, MInfectDis., The University of Western Australia


Critical Care, GradDipNsg(Emerg.), Charles Sturt University


Health Promotion, GradCertHlthPrm., Curtin University


Nursing, MNursSc., The University of Western Australia


Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology, BSc., The University of Western Australia


External positions

Advisor (Health Systems Capacity), Department of Premier and Cabinet (Western Australia)


Advising Consultant, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

2018 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Biofilm
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Antimicrobial agents
  • Natural products—antimicrobial activity
  • Infectious diseases
  • Microbial ecology
  • Flow cytometry—bacteria
  • Microbial interatctions


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