Dr Scott Chandry

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Scott Chandry is a molecular microbiologist and team leader in the Food Safety and Stability Group within the Agriculture and Food Business Unit of CSIRO. Scott leads research to better understand common foodborne pathogens and food spoilage microorganisms with the ultimate goal of making food safer and improving market access for Australian producers. Tools such as comparative genomics and microbial community analysis / metagenomics are combined with traditional microbiology to understand stress response, persistence, and the ecology of food microbes.

Key organisms of interest include pathogens such as E. coli (EHEC), Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and spoilage organisms such as Pseudomonas fragi, P. lundensis, Brochothrix

Key technologies of interest include DNA and RNA sequencing using next generation sequencing technologies, bioinformatics, genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics.

Scott received his B.A. (Hon) in biology from the University of Denver with a research focus on invertebrate structural physiology. His M.Sc. and Ph.D. work was undertaken at Albany Medical College and the New York State Department of Health where he studied nucleotide biochemistry and molecular biology in microbial systems. In his later career he has worked across a broad range of food related microbial systems including fermentation, spoilage, food safety, and bacteriophage.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Transformational Food Safety Team

  • Member - Institutional Biosafety Committee 406
    On the committee to oversee compliance with OGTR and PC2 regulations

  • Adjunct Fellow
    University of Tasmania

  • Adjunct Fellow
    Curtin University

  • Adjunct Fellow
    Queensland University of Technology

Academic Qualifications

  • BA Biol (Hons)
    University of Denver

  • MS
    Albany Medical College of Union Univeristy

  • PhD
    Albany Medical College of Union Univeristy