Dr Neil Fernandes completed his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of New South Wales in 2011.

This was followed by two years of postdoctoral research on global influenza surveillance at the University of Sydney.

In 2014, Neil moved to Melbourne and completed a Master of Teaching to specialise in Secondary Education at the University of Melbourne, while also teaching into science-, math- and biomedicine-related subjects at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University.

In 2018, Neil joined Victoria University’s new First Year College and is currently involved in developing novel educational programs for science-, math- and biomedicine-related subject.

Areas of expertise

  • Player rights safety and welfare
  • Research integrity and ethics
  • Sport integrity in community sport
  • STEM Education in Australian Primary schools
  • Mathematics Education in Australian Primary schools
  • Graduate Biomedical Science Education
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Microbial Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Genetics
 Neil Fernandes

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 5808

Publications

Referred journal articles

  • Neil Fernandes, Kevin Downard (2014) Origins of the Reassortant 2009 Pandemic Influenza Virus through Proteotyping with Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 49: 93-102.
  • Suhelen Egan, Neil Fernandes, Vipra Kumar, Melissa Gardiner, Torsten Thomas (2014) Bacterial pathogens, virulence mechanisms and host defense in marine macroalgae. (Review). Environmental Microbiology, 16: 925–938.
  • Neil Fernandes, Kevin Downard (2013) Incorporation of a Proteotyping Approach using Mass Spectrometry for the Surveillance of the Influenza Virus in Cell Cultured Strains. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 52: 725-735.
  • Neil Fernandes, Doug Roush, Peter Steinberg, Staffan Kjelleberg, Torsten Thomas (2012) Community structure and functional gene profile of bacteria on healthy and diseased thalli of the red seaweed Delisea pulchra. PLoS ONE 7(12): e50854. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050854.
  • Neil Fernandes, Rebecca Case, Sharon Longford, Mohammad Seyedsayamdost, Peter Steinberg, Staffan Kjelleberg, Torsten Thomas (2011) Genomes and virulence factors of novel bacterial pathogens causing bleaching disease in the marine red alga Delisea pulchra.  PLoS ONE 6(12): e27387. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027387.

Conference presentations

  • Neil Fernandes, Kirsten Agius and Sam Sang.Investigating pre-service teacher’s conceptions of using the Big Ideas of Science as a Framework for STEM Education”. Higher Education Research and Development Society (HERSDA) Conference, Adelaide, 2-5 July 2018 (talk).

  • Neil Fernandes, Kirsten Agius and Sam Sang.Investigating pre-service teacher’s conceptions of using the Big Ideas of Science as a Framework for STEM Education”. Higher Education Research and Development Society (HERSDA) ACEN Snapshots Event, Melbourne, 24 September 2018 (talk).

  • Neil Fernandes, Tania McDonald, Adrian Berenger and Janelle Hill.Diagnosing and remedying pre-service teacher misconceptions in geometry through the use of an adaptive eLearning tool (H5P).” H5P Conference, Melbourne, 3-5 December 2018 (talk).

  • Neil Fernandes and Kevin Downard. “Influenza Surveillance from Clinical Specimens with Mass Spectrometry.” Sydney Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity Institute (SEIB) Colloquium, Sydney, October 11-12, 2012 (talk).

  • Neil Fernandes, Rebecca Case, Alexandra Campbell, Tilmann Harder, Peter Steinberg, Staffan Kjelleberg, Torsten Thomas. “The Role of Bacteria in the Bleaching of a Marine Red Macroalga” at the Australian Society for Microbiology Conference, Sydney, Australia, July  4 – 8, 2010 (talk).

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Higher Education Research and Development Society (HERDSA).

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Research Fellow - Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India from 2005-2007.

APPEARANCES IN THE MEDIA

  • Ebsary, E (2018). “Victoria Uni gives schools access to gadgets in science roadshow”. The Border Mail.