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Steve ChambersProfessor

MB ChB, MD(Otago), MSc(Lond), FRACP

Tel +64 3 364 0649

Research interests

Professor Steve Chambers' research interests relate to diagnostics in respiratory infections, the treatment of infectious diseases and intermediary metabolism with particular emphasis on the relationship between bacterial and human metabolism.

He is interested in the effective delivery of treatment for infectious disease that minimises harm to the patient depends on rapid, accurate diagnosis of the infecting organism.

Clinical studies undertaken by Professor Chambers and his team have confirmed the limitations of current methods such as culture and PCR, particularly in children, which depend on the collection of sputum and other specimens. This lead the concept of diagnostic breath testing, which can be performed on readily available samples that can be easily repeated, to follow microbial metabolism. Markers of bacterial metabolisms are obvious diagnostic candidates particularly as they are specific to a particular respiratory pathogen.

In the media

Professors Steve Chambers and David Murdoch were interviewed for Radio New Zealand's Our Changing World series in March 2014.


Zhu, Z., Chambers, S., & Bhatia, M. (2024). Suppressing the substance P-NK1R signalling protects mice against sepsis-associated acute inflammatory injury and ferroptosis in the liver and lungs. Antioxidants, 13, 300. doi: 10.3390/antiox13030300 Journal - Research Article

Campbell, P. O., Bauro, T., Rimon, E., Timeon, E., Bland, C., Ioteba, N., Douglas, N. M., … Chambers, S. T. (2024). Single-dose rifampicin leprosy chemoprophylaxis for household contacts in Kiribati: An audit of a combined retrospective and prospective approach. Tropical Medicine & Infectious Disease, 9, 58. doi: 10.3390/tropicalmed9030058 Journal - Research Article

Vlasiuk, E., Zawari, M., Storer, M., Maze, M. J., Williman, J., Chambers, S. T., & Carr, A. C. (2024). SunGold kiwifruit consumption restores adequate to optimal vitamin C status in people with a history of severe respiratory infections. Antioxidants, 13, 272. doi: 10.3390/antiox13030272 Journal - Research Article

Manandhar, S., Gaddam, R. R., Chambers, S., & Bhatia, M. (2024). Kupffer cell inactivation alters endothelial cell adhesion molecules in cecal ligation and puncture-induced sepsis. Biomolecules, 14, 84. doi: 10.3390/biom14010084 Journal - Research Article

Manandhar, S., Chambers, S., Miller, A., Ishii, I., & Bhatia, M. (2023). Pharmacological inhibition and genetic deletion of cystathionine gamma-lyase in mice protects against organ injury in sepsis: A key role of adhesion molecules on endothelial cells. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 24, 13650. doi: 10.3390/ijms241713650 Journal - Research Article

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