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Senior lecturer, Murdoch University

In early 2013, Dr Charlotte Oskam graduated with a PhD in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology from Murdoch University (MU). Charlotte's PhD research and expertise focused on DNA isolation, amplification and sequencing of highly degraded specimens (paleontological and archaeological eggshell and bone), some of great antiquity (up to 20,000 years old).
Since completing her PhD, Charlotte has actively collaborated with Professor Una Ryan and Emeritus Professor Peter Irwin, co-directors of the Vector and Water-borne Pathogen Research group. Her experience with highly degraded specimens and low copy number DNA, combined with next generation sequencing, has been used for the detection of putative pathogens from minute specimens.
Charlotte has focused her research to develop a molecular toolkit using next generation sequencing technology to profile the bacterial communities within ticks to investigate tick-borne disease.
Charlotte was awarded the 2015 Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award for Early Career Development and Achievement in Science.


  • 2017–present
    Senior lecturer, Murdoch University
  • 2014–2017
    Lecturer, Murdoch University


  • 2013 
    Murdoch University, PhD
  • 2008 
    Otago University, MSc
  • 2004 
    Otago University, BBiomedSc

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Troublesome ticks: Determining the aetiology of DSCATT in Australia
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2016
    Tiresome ticks: Ecology and transmission of tick-borne disease in Australia
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Society for Parasitology
  • World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology
  • European Society of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases