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Dr. Anderson completed doctoral studies at the University of New England, New South Wales in 2001.  His doctoral research was on the accumulation of a trace metal, cobalt, as well as vitamin B12 synthesis in the obligate anaerobic bacterium, Selenomonas ruminantium.  In 2001, he took up a postdoctoral research position at the University of Utah with John Roth's genetics lab.  About a year later, the entire lab moved to the University of California, Davis.  In John Roth's lab, Dr. Anderson learned to use bacterial genetic techniques to determine the final steps involved in the synthesis of vitamin B12 cofactors in Salmonella, a model organism for B12 synthesis. As it turned out, Salmonella was making pseudovitamin B12 rather than vitamin B12.  With some help from Prof. Bernhard Kräutler at the University of Innsbruk, who gifted a tiny amount of otherwise unobtainable pure pseudovitamin B12, it was possible to show that this bacterial cofactor was biologically relevant in the ethanoloamine ammonia lyase and methionine synthase reactions as well as being able to characterise the compounds made by thirty or so Salmonella B12 point mutants.  A spin-off from this research was that it allowed the synthesis of carbon-14 vitamin B12 and, therefore, the use of carbon dating techniques that are sensitive enough to follow the vitamin's complicated uptake in human.

In October 2006, Dr. Anderson moved from Davis, California to Monash University, Clayton and worked on the red blood cell stage of the malaria parasite; searching for potential vaccine candidates. In July 2009, he took up a faculty position with the School of Biomedical Sciences at Charles Sturt University, Orange, New South Wales.

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A new, safe test for human vitamin B12 absorption

The effect of gut flora on mood in rat model

What keeps rural teeth healthy?

Development of a TB drug pipeline

A new taxon of antibiotic-producing Enterobacteriaciae, GM1

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Member of American Society for Microbiology

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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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