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DR Christopher McDevitt


  • Medical Microbiology (Streptococcus pneumoniae)



  • Christopher obtained his PhD in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Queensland, Australia. He then spent six years as a postdoctoral researcher studying membrane transport proteins in the laboratories of Prof. Ben Berks and A/Prof. Richard Callaghan, at the University of Oxford, UK. In 2008, he moved to the Research Centre for Infectious Disease, University of Adelaide, to initiate a research program investigating membrane transporters and the chemical biology of Streptococcus pneumoniae . In 2012, he established an independent research group at Adelaide and, in 2015, was appointed to Deputy Director of the Centre. In 2018, he relocated his laboratory to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne.   


Member of

  • The Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). Ordinary Member 2008 -
  • Biochemical Society. International Local Ambassador 2004 -
  • Adelaide Protein Group. Chair 2015 - 2017


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • NHMRC Project Grant - 1080784 (2015–17) The molecular basis for manganese uptake by pathogenic bacteria. $613,134. Maher, M.J., McDevitt, C.A., Aragão, D. & Iwata, S.

    ARC Discovery Project - DP150104515 (2015–17) The critical role of bacterial poly-histidine triad proteins in zinc recruitment. $384,300. Paton, J.C.& McDevitt, C.A.

    NHMRC Project Grant - 1022240 (2012–14) The roles of manganese and zinc in host-pathogen interaction. $568,375. McDevitt, C.A.

    ARC Discovery Project - DP120103957 (2012–14) The molecular basis for bacterial susceptibility to zinc. $255,000. McDevitt, C.A. & Paton, J.C.   


Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Queensland 2002
  • BSc (Hons), The University of Queensland 1997

Awards and honors

  • Research Excellence, Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide, 2017
  • Research Award, School of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, University of Adelaide, 2011


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Metal ions are essential for cellular chemistry in every cell in all forms of life. Research in the McDevitt laboratory seeks to understand the role of metal ions in bacteria and how they influence host-pathogen interactions. Our specific research interests are: (i) To understand how bacteria acquire essential metal ions from the environment; (ii) Characterise the cellular roles of metal ions in bacteria; and (iii) Elucidate the role of metal ions at host-pathogen interface. By understanding the chemical biology of bacteria, our work opens the way to developing novel antimicrobials to starve invading pathogens of crucial trace elements.