Dr Sacha Stelzer-Braid is a Postdoctoral Scientist in the Virology Research Lab at University of New South Wales/Prince of Wales Hospital. Dr Stelzer-Braid’s research interests include:
- Using point-of-care tests (POCT) to improve clinical outcomes for patients
- Role of respiratory viruses in exacerbation of chronic airway diseases including asthma and cystic fibrosis (CF)
- Transmission modes of respiratory viruses
- Developing novel sampling and diagnostic methods for emerging viruses including ebola.
Her studies have included the NHMRC #633238 project “Exploring the role of respiratory virus infections in childhood asthma exacerbations” with researchers at the Woolcock Insitute of Medical Research, and the “Pathogens of CF study” in collaboration with clinicians at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. She is currently working on studies involving POCT through the UNSW Center for Research Excellence “Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response (ISER)”.
Dr. Stelzer-Braid lectures and demonstrates at the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney. She is interested in new methods of education and teaching to engage students in the lecture theatre and laboratory and has completed the Foundations of University Learning and Teaching (FULT) course (UNSW) and Learning to Teach Online MOOC (Coursera).
She also enjoys inspiring young scientists through the CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools program, and is passionate about encouraging girls to pursue scientific careers.
She is a member of Franklin Women, the Australasian Virological Society and the Australian Institute for Training and Development.
The role of respiratory viruses in exacerbation of chronic airway diseases (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis).
Sacha currently co-supervises 2 PhD students.
2015 TSANZ travel grant
2014 CASS Foundation Travel Award
2014 TSANZ travel grant
2013 Career Advancement Fund UNSW
2011 TSANZ travel grant
2003 Lee Travel Scholarship
2001- 2004 Australian Postgraduate Award
1999 Jackson Prize
Dyda, A., Stelzer-Braid, S., Adam, D., Chughtai, A.A., MacIntyre, C.R. (2018) The association between acute flaccid myelitis and Enterovirus D68 (EV- D68) – what is the evidence for causation? Eurosurveillance, 23(3), 18/Jan/2018. IF: 5.722.
Stelzer-Braid S., Liu N., Doumit M., D'Cunha R., Belessis Y., Jaffe A., Rawlinson W.D. (2017) Association of rhinovirus with exacerbations in young children affected by cystic fibrosis: Preliminary data. Journal of Medical Virology doi: 10.1002/jmv.24794.
Jensen, T.O., Stelzer-Braid, S., Willenborg, C., Cheung, C., Andresen, D., Rawlinson, W.D. and Clezy K. (2016) Outbreak of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection in immunocompromised adults on a hematology ward. Journal of Medical Virology, Oct;88(10):1827-31. DOI 10.1002/jmv.24521
Doumit, M., Belessis, Y., Stelzer-Braid, S., Mallitt, K., Rawlinson W.D., and and Jaffe A. (2015) Diagnostic accuracy and distress associated with oropharyngeal suction in cystic fibrosis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, Jul;15(4):473-8. Doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2015.09.001
Stelzer-Braid S., Tovey E.R., Willenborg C.M., Toelle B.G., Ampon R., Garden F.L., Oliver B.G., Strachan R., Belessis Y., Jaffe A., Reddel H.K., Crisafulli D., Marks G.B. and Rawlinson W.D. (2015) Absence of back to school peaks in human rhinovirus detections and respiratory symptoms in a cohort of children with asthma. Journal of Medical Virology, doi: 10.1002/jmv.24371.
Homaira N, Sheils J, Stelzer-Braid S, Lui K, Oie JL, Snelling T, Jaffe A and Rawlinson W. (2015), Respiratory syncytial virus is present in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Medical Virology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmv.24325
Tovey E.R., Stelzer-Braid S., Toelle B.G., Oliver B.G., Reddel H.K., Willenborg, C.M., Belessis, Y. C., Garden, F.L., Jaffe, A., Strachan, R., Eyles, D., Rawlinson, W.D. and Marks, G.B. (2015) Rhinoviruses significantly affect day-to-day respiratory symptoms of children with asthma. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2014.10.020,
Willenborg C; Stelzer-Braid SJ (2013), 'Sneezing leads to wheezing: microorganisms important in asthma', Microbiology Australia, vol. 34, no. 3, http://microbiology.publish.csiro.au/?paper=MA13042
Wong KKY; Rockman S; Ong C; Bull R; Stelzer-Braid S; Rawlinson W, 2013, ' Comparison of influenza virus replication fidelity in vitro using selection pressure with monoclonal antibodies', Journal of Medical Virology, vol. 85, no. 6, pp. 1090 - 1094, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmv.23532
Stelzer-Braid S., Johal H., Skilbeck K., Steller A., Alsubie H., Tovey E., Van Asperen P., McKay K. and Rawlinson W.D. (2012) Detection of viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens in patients with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Virological Methods 186:109-112. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jviromet.2012.08.008
Smedley E.J.*, Stelzer-Braid S.*, Ressler K.-A., Melling P., Bowden S., McCaw R., White P.A., Vickers C.R., Rawlinson W.D. and Ferson M.J. (2011) Transmission of hepatitis C virus to recipients of parenteral vitamin therapy in a primary care facility. Journal of Clinical Virology 51:105-109 *authors contributed equally http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcv.2011.03.007
Wong K., Bull R., Stelzer-Braid S., Fennell M. and Rawlinson W. (2011). Effect of reassortment on the nucleotide and amino acid changes of human A/H3N2 RNP subunits during 1998-2009. Journal of Clinical Virology 51(4):270-5.
Deacon R., Wand H., Stelzer-Braid S., Treloar C. and Maher L. (2011) Improving surveillance for acute hepatitis C. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Vol 35(1): 16-20.
Wong K., Bull R., Rockman S., Scott G., Stelzer-Braid S. and Rawlinson W. (2011). Correlation of polymerase replication fidelity with genetic evolution of influenza A/Fujian/411/02(H3N2) viruses. Journal of Medical Virology 83(3):510-516.
Baleriola C., Rawlinson W.D., Dore G.J., Chaverot S., Stelzer-Braid S., Yoshihara M., Crawford D., Sievert W., McCaughan G., Weltman M., Cheng W., Rizkalla B., Dubois D., Thommes J. and Roberts S. (2010) Impact of low-level HCV viraemia at week 24 on HCV treatment response in genotype 1 patients. Antiviral Therapy, 16(2):173-80.
Stelzer-Braid S, Oliver BG, Blazey AJ, Argent E, Newsome TP, Rawlinson WD, Tovey ER (2009) Exhalation of respiratory viruses by breathing, coughing and talking. Journal of Medical Virology 81:1674-1679