Bacterium named for Murdoch professor

August 27, 2012

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The Dean of Murdoch University’s School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBS), Professor David Hampson, has had a bacteria named in his honour.

Brachyspira hampsonii is a new species which emerged in 2007 as the cause of severe bloody diarrhoea and haemorrhagic colitis in pigs in the USA and Canada.

Because of Dr Hampson’s seminal work in the genus Brachyspira, Dr Connie Gebhart and her team of researchers at the University of Minnesota chose to honour him with the provisional name.

“This is a nice acknowledgement for me and the team in Murdoch’s Veterinary Microbiology group, and speaks to the work we are doing in the field,” Dr Hampson said.

“I’m flattered, though I note a lot of people are already shortening the name to B. ham because the bacterium causes disease in pigs!”

Professor Hampson has spent much of his career working on Brachyspira and the various diseases they cause in animals and humans, and is widely acknowledged as the world leader in this field.

The naming is the second in which he’s been involved. In 1997 a species related to Brachyspira hampsonii was named Serpulina murdochii – now Brachyspira murdochii – to acknowledge the work done by him and his group at Murdoch University.

He becomes the second individual researcher in VBS to have a microbe named in their honour.

In 2008, a new protozoan parasite species was named Cryptosporidium ryanae to honour Professor of Biochemistry Una Ryan, who leads VBS’s molecular epidemiology group. She was awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for Achievement in the Life Sciences in 2000.

Comments (5 responses)

Roslyn Atyeo August 27, 2012

Congratulations Prof David Hampson on this well deserved honor for your dedication to Spriochaete microbiology. Being part of your research team was a privilege and hugely rewarding. Best wishes from Roslyn Atyeo

Katie Scott August 28, 2012

Congratulations David :)

Danielle Meyrick August 28, 2012

Congratulations to you and you team!

Alison Black August 29, 2012

Excellent David, well done to you and the team

Sam Dymond September 5, 2012

Congratulations David!

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