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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

  • 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.
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