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Dr Cameron Stewart

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Cameron is a Research Team Leader for CSIRO’s Health & Biosecurity Business Unit.

Based at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), Cameron’s team investigates host-pathogen interaction to develop novel intervention strategies. Cameron’s team has particular expertise in the study of host-encoded microRNAs as biomarkers for improved detection of infection and forecasting disease severity. The team were the first to comprehensively profile microRNA responses to COVID-19 (Farr et al., 2021) and manage several large-scale biomarker studies.

Cameron’s team also studies host molecules exploited by pathogens as therapeutic targets – including fibrillarin (Deffrasnes and Marsh et al., 2016), and ILRUN – an anti-inflammatory protein that the team helped characterise and name (Ambrose et al., 2018, 2020).

Cameron’s achievements include receipt of the CSIRO Julius Career Award and the 2020 CSIRO Chairman’s medal for his support of COVID-19 vaccine development research.
Cameron completed his graduate studies at the University of Melbourne and undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School prior to joining CSIRO.

More information about the Host Response team can be found at

Current Roles

  • Research Team Leader
    CSIRO Health & Biosecurity

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    The University of Melbourne

  • 2003

    Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    The University of Melbourne

Professional Experiences

  • 2011-2017

    Research scientist

  • 2008-2011

    Post-doctoral fellow

  • 2007-2008

    Post-doctoral fellow
    Harvard Medical School

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2022

    Chairman's Medal

  • 2020-2020

    Corporate Citizen Award (Group)

  • 2017-2019

    Julius Career Award

  • 2010-2010

    Excellence in Young Scientists Award
    CSIRO Livestock Industries


  • 2022-2023

    Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) - Johne's disease diagnostics

  • 2022-2023

    Department of Health - Australian Borrelia (led by Dr Alex Gofton (CSIRO))

  • 2021-2024

    CSIRO MOSH FSP (led by Dr Stuart Denman (CSIRO))

  • 2020-2021

    NZ Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) - Mycoplasma bovis diagnostics

  • 2020-2021

    Therapeutics Innovation Australia - analysis of host-encoded microRNAs impacting SARS-CoV-2 infection

  • 2020-2021

    Department of Health - DSCATT biomarkers

  • 2019-2021

    NHMRC Project Grant (led by Greg Moseley (Monash University))

  • 2016-2018

    CSIRO Probing Biosystems FSP (led by Dr Megan Dearnley (CSIRO))

  • 2016-2018

    CSIRO-Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • 2012-2013

    Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (Hendra Virus)

  • 2012-2013

    NHMRC Urgent Call for Research (Hendra Virus)

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2012-present

    Executive committee, Victorian Infection and Immunity Network

  • 2012-present

    Organising committee, Lorne Infection & Immunity

  • 2018-present

    Biosecurity NZ Mycoplasma Bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group

  • 2017-present

    Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) - CSIRO ACDP

  • 2021-present

    Biosafety Level 4 Zoonotic Laboratory Network (BSL4ZNet) Scientific Excellence Working Group

  • 2013-2013

    Organising committee, Australasian Virology Society (Queenstown, NZ)

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