Helicobacter Research Laboratory

Understanding gastric bacteria antibiotic resistance

We are world-leading experts in Helicobacter pylori research. Since the discovery of the human H. pylori in 1984, many other species of Helicobacter from different animal hosts have been discovered.

Through next generation technology, we have sequenced and analysed Helicobacter genomes to understand their evolution history. H. pylori is a fastidious organism requiring a specific culture medium but, after decades of culturing the clinical H. pylori strains, we now have a vast collection of H. pylori strains from all over the world.

By following the antibiotic sensitivity report generated from our laboratory, we have assisted doctors in finding a personalised regimen for treating multidrug resistant H. pylori strains.

In 2005, Professor Barry Marshall and Professor Robin Warren were awarded a Nobel Prize for recognition of their 1982 discovery that H. pylori causes peptic ulcer disease

We have the Helicobacter Research Foundation site to aid those with questions about H. pylori infection, diagnosis and treatment.
Anyone with H. pylori questions or collaboration ideas is welcome to contact us.


Funding for Helicobacter pylori research has been scarce. We welcome donations and support. For more information, visit the Helicobacter Foundation.

Fellowship program

The Australia-China Helicobacter Research Fellowship offers exceptional Chinese medical scientists the opportunity to work alongside world-leading bacterium researchers in Perth, Western Australia.

Successful candidates will spend time in the Helicobacter Research Laboratory, undertaking specialist training in H. pylori culturing, sequencing and analysis.

The four-week program is available for Chinese medical scientists, clinicians and researchers interested in learning about:

  • Foundations of academic research within an Australian context for H. pylori
  • Techniques for culturing H. pylori
  • Methods for testing antibiotic sensitivity
  • The next-generation sequencing that can be applied to H. pylori and microbiome research

For more information on the fellowship program, visit the Marshall Centre.

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Contact Lab Manager Dr Alfred Chin Yen Tay 

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Visit the Helicobacter Research Foundation site