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Group photo from 1998 launch

Pictured L-R are David Ellis (WCH Mycology), Ian Roberts (Adelaide Science Online) Senator Natasha Stott Despoja and Connor Thomas (Department of Microbiology & Immunology).

About Us

Mycology Online was initially a joint educational project of the Mycology Unit at the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital, the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and Adelaide Science Online at the University of Adelaide.

Mycology Online was officially launched in 1998 by Senator Natasha Stott Despoja.

David Ellis
David Ellis David Ellis is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, and Emeritus Mycologist at SA Pathology in Adelaide, Australia (retired November 2011). He graduated from La Trobe University Botany Department with BSc Hons, MSc and PhD in mycology, and served as head of the Medical Mycology Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, for 33 years. David is a Fellow and Past President of the Australian Society for Microbiology and a recipient of the David White Teaching Award and the inaugural recipient of the Lyn Gilbert Award that recognises major contributions in diagnostic laboratory microbiology in Australia or internationally. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and a recipient of the RCPA Outstanding Teaching Award. David is an Honorary Member and Past General Secretary and President of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology and a recipient of the ISHAM Lucille K Georg medal for distinguished contributions to medical mycology. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. David is a recipient of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Ashdown Medal and an Associate Member of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. His major interests include the epidemiology and ecology of medically important fungi, especially Cryptococcus, fungal taxonomy and antifungal susceptibility testing. Currently he is responsible for the website Mycology Online hosted by the University of Adelaide ( Mycology Online is recognized world-wide as a major educational resource for medical mycology. David has been an author of 134 peer reviewed scientific papers and of 14 books and/or book chapters, as well as making 365 scientific presentations at international and national conferences.
Sarah Kidd
Sarah Kidd Sarah Kidd is Head of the National Mycology Reference Centre at SA Pathology, Adelaide, as well as Senior Lecturer at both the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours (1999) and a PhD in Medicine (2003), both at the University of Sydney. She has undertaken postdoctoral training and research in medical mycology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and at Monash University at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. She is an active Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology (FASM), the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases (ASID), and the International Society for Human and Animal Mycoses (ISHAM). Sarah has served as Secretary of the Australia and New Zealand Mycoses Interest Group (ANZMIG) since 2011 and has co-authored approximately 50 peer reviewed journal articles, three book chapters and one book in the field of medical mycology. Sarah is active in mycology education in Australasia, has convened the biennial Mycology Masterclass since 2011, and was Co-Chair of the ISHAM 2015 Congress. Her research interests include the epidemiology, phylogeny, and antifungal susceptibilities of fungi, in particular Aspergillus and Cryptococcus species.​
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Dr David Ellis