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Dr Su Chen Lim

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Staff Member Details

Su Chen is a post-doctoral researcher working with Professor Tom Riley’s Clostridium difficile research group located in PathWest Laboratory Medicine, Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre. Her research focuses on the transmission of C. difficile from animals to humans via contaminated food and the environment.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Society for Microbiology
  • European Society for Clinical Microbiology Infectious Diseases

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • The 15th Biennial Congress of the Anaerobe Society of the Americas Travel Award, 2020
  • The 30th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Travel Award, 2020
  • The Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Conference Poster Award, 2019
  • The Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Conference Travel Award, 2017

Research Areas and Interests

  • Transmission of Clostridium difficile infection
  • One Health
  • Infectious disease epidemiology


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2019.
  • Master of Infectious Diseases (Tropical Infectious Diseases), The University of Western Australia, 2011.
  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), The University of Western Australia, 2008.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Lim, SC., Knight, D., Riley, T. (2020). Clostridium difficile and One Health. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 26(7), 857-863.
  • Lim, SC., Knight, D., Moono, P., Foster, N., Riley, T. (2020). Clostridium difficile in soil conditioners, mulches and garden mixes with evidence of a clonal relationship with historical food and clinical isolates. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 12(6), 672-680.
  • Lim, SC., Riley, T., Knight, D. (2020). One Health: the global challenge of Clostridium difficile infection. Microbiology Australia, 41(March 2020), 23-27.

Journal Articles

  • Lim, SC., Androga, G., Knight, D., Moono, P., Foster, N., Riley, T. (2018). Antimicrobial susceptibility of Clostridium difficile isolated from food and environmental sources in Western Australia. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 52(3), 411-415.
  • Lim, SC., Foster, NF., Elliott, B., Riley, T. (2018). High prevalence of Clostridium difficile on retail root vegetables, Western Australia. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 124(2), 585-590.
  • Androga, G., Knight, D., Lim, SC., Foster, N., Riley, T. (2018). Antimicrobial resistance in large clostridial toxin-negative, binary toxin-positive Clostridium difficile ribotypes. Anaerobe, 54(2018), 55-60.

Journal Articles

  • Moono, P., Lim, SC., Riley, T. (2017). High prevalence of toxigenic Clostridium difficile in public space lawns in Western Australia. Scientific Reports, 7(1 Feb. 2017), Article number 41196.

Journal Articles

  • Lim, SC., Foster, N., Riley, T. (2016). Susceptibility of Clostridium difficile to the food preservatives sodium nitrite, sodium nitrate and sodium metabisulphite. Anaerobe, 37(1), 67-71.

Research Projects

  • Investigating the prevalence and genotype of Clostridium difficile in the water of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2019, 2019 ‑ 2020, $29,660.
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