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Dr Papanin Putsathit

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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Papanin is an early career researcher working with Professor Thomas Riley's Clostridium difficile research group located in PathWest Laboratory Medicine, Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre. Her research focuses on the molecular epidemiology and antimicrobial susceptibility of C. difficile in humans, livestock and the environment, and on as assessing the effectiveness of novel compounds against C. difficile. The overarching aims of her career are to deepen our understanding of the epidemiology of pathogens like C. difficile and identify better ways to manage and treat the related infection.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Society for Microbiology

Awards and Recognition

  • UWA Scholarship for International Research Fees, 2013-2017
  • Australian Society for Microbiology Vacation Scholarship, 2010
  • Tuart College International Student Scholarship, 2007

Research Areas and Interests

Epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection Antibiotic susceptibility One Health


  • Graduate Diploma of Education Secondary, Edith Cowan University, 2017.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2017.
  • Bachelor of Science with Second Class Honours (Microbiology), The University of Western Australia, 2012.
  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), The University of Western Australia, 2011.


Recent Research Grants

  • Asymptomatic carriage of Clostridium difficile in adults in the Western Australian community,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2019,  2019 - 2020,  $26,604.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Perumalsamy, S., Putsathit, P., Riley, T., (2019), High prevalence of Clostridium difficile in soil, mulch and lawn samples from the grounds of Western Australian hospitals. Anaerobe, epub ahead of Print(June), 5p., DOI:
  • Imwattana, K., Knight, D., Kullin, B., Collins, D., Putsathit, P., Kiratisin, P., Riley, T., (2019), Clostridium difficile ribotype 017 - characterization, evolution and epidemiology of the dominant strain in Asia. Emerging Microbes and Infections, 8(1), 796-807, DOI: 10.1080/22221751.2019.1621670.
  • Tague, A., Putsathit, P., Hammer, K., Wales, S., Knight, D., Riley, T., Keller, P., Pyne, S., (2019), Cationic biaryl 1,2,3-triazolyl peptidomimetic amphiphiles: synthesis, antibacterial evaluation and preliminary mechanism of action studies. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 168(2019), 386-404, DOI: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2019.02.013.
  • Tague, A., Putsathit, P., Hutton, M., Hammer, K., Wales, S., Knight, D., Riley, T., Lyras, D., Keller, P., Pyne, S., (2019), Cationic biaryl 1,2,3-triazolyl peptidomimetic amphiphiles targeting Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile: Synthesis, antibacterial evaluation and an in vivo C. difficile infection model. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 170(2019), 203-224, DOI: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2019.02.068.
  • Putsathit, P., Neela, V., Joseph, N., Ooi, P., Ngamwongsatit, B., Knight, D., Riley, T., (2019), Molecular epidemiology of Clostridium difficile isolated from piglets. Veterinary Microbiology, 237(October), Article 108408, DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2019.108408.
  • Putsathit, P., Maneerattanaporn, M., Piewngam, P., Kiratisin, P., Riley, T., (2017), Prevalence and molecular epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection in Thailand. New Microbes and New Infections, 15(n/a), 27-32, DOI: 10.1016/j.nmni.2016.10.004.
  • Collins, D., Putsathit, P., Elliott, B., Riley, T., (2017), Laboratory-based surveillance of Clostridium difficile strains circulating in the Australian healthcare setting in 2012. Pathology, 49(3), 309-13, DOI: 10.1016/j.pathol.2016.10.013.
  • Putsathit, P., Maneerattanaporn, M., Piewngam, P., Knight, DR., Kiratisin, P., Riley, T., (2017), Antimicrobial susceptibility of Clostridium difficile isolated in Thailand. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, 6(1), Article no. 58, United Kingdom, BioMed Central Ltd, DOI: 10.1186/s13756-017-0214-z.
  • Moono, P., Putsathit, P., Knight, D., Squire, M., Hampson, D., Foster, N., Riley, T., (2016), Persistence of Clostridium difficile RT 237 infection in a Western Australian piggery. Anaerobe, 37(01), 62-66, DOI: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2015.11.012.
  • Knight, DR., Putsathit, P., Elliott, B., Riley, T., (2016), Contamination of Australian newborn calf carcasses at slaughter with Clostridium difficile. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 22(3), 266.e1-266.e7, Oxford, UK, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.cmi.2015.11.017.
  • Putsathit, P., Kiratisin, P., Ngamwongsatit, P., Riley, T., (2015), Clostridium difficile infection in Thailand. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 45(1), 1-7, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier BV, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2014.09.005.
  • Putsathit, P., Morgan, J., Bradford, D., Engelhardt, N., Riley, T., (2015), Evaluation of the BD Max Cdiff assay for the detection of toxigenic Clostridium difficile in human stool specimens. Pathology, 47(2), 165-168, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/PAT.0000000000000214.
  • Hart , J., Putsathit, P., Knight, D., Sammels, L., Riley, T., Keil, A., (2014), Clostridium difficile infection diagnosis in a paediatric population: comparison of methodologies. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases: an international journal on pathogenesis, diagnosis, epidemiology, therapy, and prevention of infectious diseases, 33(9), 1555-1564, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s10096-014-2108-9.
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