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Department of Biochemistry profile

Dr Kay Ramsay

PositionPostdoctoral Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Biochemistry
QualificationsPhD

Research

Kay is a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Iain Lamont's laboratory. Prior to joining the Lamont Lab in January 2018, her research focused on the health outcomes of people with cystic fibrosis following the development of respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa and describing adaptive mechanisms which this bacterium utilises to colonise and infect the airways. Currently she is utilising genetic and bioinformatic approaches to determine how Pseudomonas aeruginosa develops resistance to antibiotics.

Publications

Stockwell, R. E., Chin, M., Johnson, G. R., Wood, M. E., Sherrard, L. J., Ballard, E., … Ramsay, K. A., … Bell, S. C. (2019). Transmission of bacteria in bronchiectasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Low burden of cough aerosols. Respirology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/resp.13544

Wood, M. E., Stockwell, R. E., Johnson, G. R., Ramsay, K. A., Sherrard, L. J., Jabbour, N., … Bell, S. C. (2018). Face masks and cough etiquette reduce the cough aerosol concentration of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in people with cystic fibrosis. American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, 197(3), 348-355. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201707-1457OC

Martin, L. W., Robson, C. L., Watts, A. M., Gray, A. R., Wainwright, C. E., Bell, S. C., Ramsay, K. A., … Brockway, B., & Lamont, I. L. (2018). Expression of Pseudomonas aeruginosa antibiotic resistance genes varies greatly during infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy, 62(11), e01789-18. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01789-18

Wee, B. A., Tai, A. S., Sherrard, L. J., Ben Zakour, N. L., Hanks, K. R., Kidd, T. J., Ramsay, K. A., Lamont, I., … Beatson, S. A. (2018). Whole genome sequencing reveals the emergence of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa shared strain sub-lineage among patients treated within a single cystic fibrosis centre. BMC Genomics, 19, 644. doi: 10.1186/s12864-018-5018-x

He, C., Mackay, I. M., Ramsay, K., Liang, Z., Kidd, T., Knibbs, L. D., … Morawska, L. (2017). Particle and bioaerosol characteristics in a paediatric intensive care unit. Environment International, 107, 89-99. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.06.020

Journal - Research Article

Stockwell, R. E., Chin, M., Johnson, G. R., Wood, M. E., Sherrard, L. J., Ballard, E., … Ramsay, K. A., … Bell, S. C. (2019). Transmission of bacteria in bronchiectasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Low burden of cough aerosols. Respirology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/resp.13544

Wood, M. E., Stockwell, R. E., Johnson, G. R., Ramsay, K. A., Sherrard, L. J., Jabbour, N., … Bell, S. C. (2018). Face masks and cough etiquette reduce the cough aerosol concentration of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in people with cystic fibrosis. American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, 197(3), 348-355. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201707-1457OC

Wee, B. A., Tai, A. S., Sherrard, L. J., Ben Zakour, N. L., Hanks, K. R., Kidd, T. J., Ramsay, K. A., Lamont, I., … Beatson, S. A. (2018). Whole genome sequencing reveals the emergence of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa shared strain sub-lineage among patients treated within a single cystic fibrosis centre. BMC Genomics, 19, 644. doi: 10.1186/s12864-018-5018-x

Martin, L. W., Robson, C. L., Watts, A. M., Gray, A. R., Wainwright, C. E., Bell, S. C., Ramsay, K. A., … Brockway, B., & Lamont, I. L. (2018). Expression of Pseudomonas aeruginosa antibiotic resistance genes varies greatly during infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy, 62(11), e01789-18. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01789-18

He, C., Mackay, I. M., Ramsay, K., Liang, Z., Kidd, T., Knibbs, L. D., … Morawska, L. (2017). Particle and bioaerosol characteristics in a paediatric intensive care unit. Environment International, 107, 89-99. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.06.020

Tai, A. S., Sherrard, L. J., Kidd, T. J., Ramsay, K. A., Buckley, C., Syrmis, M., … Whiley, D. M. (2017). Antibiotic perturbation of mixed-strain Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in patients with cystic fibrosis. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 17(1), 138. doi: 10.1186/s12890-017-0482-7

Ramsay, K. A., Sandhu, H., Geake, J. B., Ballard, E., O'Rourke, P., Wainwright, C. E., … Bell, S. C. (2017). The changing prevalence of pulmonary infection in adults with cystic fibrosis: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 16(1), 70-77. doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2016.07.010

Sherrard, L. J., Tai, A. S., Wee, B. A., Ramsay, K. A., Kidd, T. J., Ben Zakour, N. L., … Bell, S. C. (2017). Within-host whole genome analysis of an antibiotic resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain sub-type in cystic fibrosis. PLoS ONE, 12(3), e0172179. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172179

Johnson, G. R., Knibbs, L. D., Kidd, T. J., Wainwright, C. E., Wood, M. E., Ramsay, K. A., … Morawska, L. (2016). A novel method and its application to measuring pathogen decay in bioaerosols from patients with respiratory disease. PLoS ONE, 11(7), e0158763. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158763

Ramsay, K. A., Stockwell, R. E., Bell, S. C., & Kidd, T. J. (2016). Infection in cystic fibrosis: Impact of the environment and climate. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 10(5), 505-519. doi: 10.1586/17476348.2016.1162715

Smith, D. J., Ramsay, K. A., Yerkovich, S. T., Reid, D. W., Wainwright, C. E., Grimwood, K., … Kidd, T. J. (2016). Pseudomonas aeruginosa antibiotic resistance in Australian cystic fibrosis centres. Respirology, 21(2), 329-337. doi: 10.1111/resp.12714

Bryant, J. M., Grogono, D. M., Rodriguez-Rincon, D., Everall, I., Brown, K. P., Moreno, P., … Ramsay, K. A., … Andres Floto, R. (2016). Emergence and spread of a human-transmissible multidrug-resistant nontuberculous mycobacterium. Science, 354(6313), 751-757. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf8156

Wood, M. E., Sherrard, L. J., Ramsay, K. A., Yerkovich, S. T., Reid, D. W., Kidd, T. J., & Bell, S. C. (2016). Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus acquisition in healthcare workers with cystic fibrosis: A retrospective cross-sectional study. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 16(1), 78. doi: 10.1186/s12890-016-0243-z

Kidd, T. J., Ramsay, K. A., Vidmar, S., Carlin, J. B., Bell, S. C., Wainwright, C. E., … the ACFBAL Study Investigators. (2015). Pseudomonas aeruginosa genotypes acquired by children with cystic fibrosis by age 5-years. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 14(3), 361-369. doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2014.12.007

Tai, A. S., Bell, S. C., Kidd, T. J., Trembizki, E., Buckley, C., Ramsay, K. A., … Whiley, D. M. (2015). Genotypic diversity within a single Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain commonly shared by Australian patients with cystic fibrosis. PLoS ONE, 10(12), e0144022. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144022

Kidd, T. J., Soares Magalhães, R. J., Paynter, S., Bell, S. C., . . ., Wilson, J. W., for the ACPinCF Investigator Group, including Ramsay, K. (2015). The social network of cystic fibrosis centre care and shared Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain infection: A cross-sectional analysis. Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 3(8), 640-650. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(15)00228-3

Tai, A. S., Kidd, T. J., Whiley, D. M., Ramsay, K. A., Buckley, C., Bell, S. C., for the ACPinCF Investigator Group. (2015). Molecular surveillance for carbapenemase genes in carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Australian patients with cystic fibrosis. Pathology, 47(2), 156-160. doi: 10.1097/PAT.0000000000000216

Syrmis, M. W., Kidd, T. J., Moser, R. J., Ramsay, K. A., Gibson, K. M., Anuj, S., … Whiley, D. M. (2014). A comparison of two informative SNP-based strategies for typing Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from patients with cystic fibrosis. BMC Infectious Diseases, 14(1), 307. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-14-307

Knibbs, L. D., Johnson, G. R., Kidd, T. J., Cheney, J., Grimwood, K., Kattenbelt, J. A., … Ramsay, K. A., … Bell, S. C. (2014). Viability of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cough aerosols generated by persons with cystic fibrosis. Thorax, 69(8), 740-745. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2014-205213

Ramsay, K. A., Butler, C. A., Paynter, S., Ware, R. S., Kidd, T. J., Wainwright, C. E., & Bell, S. C. (2013). Factors influencing acquisition of Burkholderia cepacia complex organisms in patients with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 51(12), 3975-3980. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01360-13

Syrmis, M. W., Moser, R. J., Kidd, T. J., Hunt, P., Ramsay, K. A., Bell, S. C., … Whiley, D. M. (2013). High-throughput single-nucleotide polymorphismbased typing of shared Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains in cystic fibrosis patients using the Sequenom iPLEX platform. Journal of Medical Microbiology, 62(5), 734-740. doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.055905-0

Ranganathan, S. C., Skoric, B., Ramsay, K. A., Carzino, R., Gibson, A.-M., Hart, E., … on behalf of the Australian Respiratory Early Surveillance Team for Cystic Fibrosis (AREST-CF). (2013). Geographical differences in first acquisition of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 10(2), 108-114. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201209-077OC

Kidd, T. J., Ramsay, K. A., Hu, H., Marks, G. B., Wainwright, C. E., Bye, P. T., … and the ACPinCF Investigator Group. (2013). Shared Pseudomonas aeruginosa genotypes are common in Australian cystic fibrosis centres. European Respiratory Journal, 41(5), 1091-1100. doi: 10.1183/09031936.00060512

Kidd, T. J., Ritchie, S. R., Ramsay, K. A., Grimwood, K., Bell, S. C., & Rainey, P. B. (2012). Pseudomonas aeruginosa exhibits frequent recombination, but only a limited association between genotype and ecological setting. PLoS ONE, 7(9), e44199. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044199

Anuj, S. N., Whiley, D. M., Kidd, T. J., Ramsay, K. A., Bell, S. C., Syrmis, M. W., … Sloots, T. P. (2011). Rapid single-nucleotide polymorphism-based identification of clonal Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from patients with cystic fibrosis by the use of real-time PCR and high-resolution melting curve analysis. Clinical Microbiology & Infection, 17(9), 1403-1408. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2010.03439.x

Kidd, T. J., Grimwood, K., Ramsay, K. A., Rainey, P. B., & Bell, S. C. (2011). Comparison of three molecular techniques for typing Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates in sputum samples from patients with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 49(1), 263-268. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01421-10

Kidd, T. J., Ramsay, K. A., Hu, H., Bye, P. T. P., Elkins, M. R., Grimwood, K., … and the ACPinCF Investigators. (2009). Low rates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa misidentification in isolates from cystic fibrosis patients. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 47(5), 1503-1509. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00014-09

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Sherrard, L. J., Tay, G. T., Butler, C. A., Wood, M. E., Yerkovich, S., Ramsay, K. A., … Bell, S. C. (2017). Tropical Australia is a potential reservoir of non-tuberculous mycobacteria in cystic fibrosis. European Respiratory Journal, 49(5), 1700046. doi: 10.1183/13993003.00046-2017

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