Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Cell culture
  • Heat stable proteases in long life milk
  • Bioactive compounds from various food sources
  • Biological wastewater treatment and nutrient removal
  • Pulsed electromagnetic fields as a potential antimicrobial technology

Available to supervise research students

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About Thomas Yeager

Dr Thomas Yeager is a Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology in the First Year College. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997, studying the effects of tumour suppressor genes on colon cancer progression. He then spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Children’s Medical Research Institute in Sydney investigating the role of alternative telomere lengthening in immortalization.

Next he spent five years working in the research and development group at Promega, a biotechnology company in the USA. While at Promega he helped develop a number of cell based kits including ones for use with RNA interference. Following that experience he returned to Australia and worked for five years at CSL in the process development group improving the fermentation process for various recombinant protein based medicines.

Dr Yeager joined Victoria University in 2010 and has explored research in the area of bioactive compounds from dairy products as well as heat stable proteases in long life milk. More recently he has worked with ANaerobic AMMonium OXidation (anammox) bacteria to study their role in the nitrogen cycle and efficient ammonium removal. The final area of research is the use of pulsed electromagnetic fields as a potential antimicrobial technology.

Dr Yeager is also an enthusiastic teacher. He has helped develop virtual simulations of key steps in the process development pathway for protein based medicine production in conjunction with the Monash School of Pharmacy using the Pharmatopia platform. These simulations give students insights into real world examples of the pharmaceutical development process, taken from his time in industry.

Qualifications

  • BSc (UAF),
  • PhD (UWMadison)
  • GradCertTertEdu (VicMelb)
  • MPBL (AAU)

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Gut, A. M., Vasiljevic, T., Yeager, T., & Donkor, O. N. (190701). Characterization of yeasts isolated from traditional kefir grains for potential probiotic properties. Journal of Functional Foods, 58 (56-66).

doi: 10.1016/j.jff.2019.04.046

2018 Gut, A. M., Vasiljevic, T., Yeager, T., & Donkor, O. N. (181101). Salmonella infection - Prevention and treatment by antibiotics and probiotic yeasts: A review. Microbiology (United Kingdom), 164(11), (1327-1344).

doi: 10.1099/mic.0.000709

2018 Piyadasa, C., Yeager, T. R., Gray, S. R., Stewart, M. B., Ridgway, H. F., Pelekani, C., & Orbell, J. D. (180301). Antimicrobial effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields from commercially available water treatment devices - controlled studies under static and flow conditions. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 93(3), (871-877).

doi: 10.1002/jctb.5442

2017 Vithanage, N. R., Bhongir, J., Jadhav, S. R., Ranadheera, C. S., Palombo, E. A., Yeager, T. R., & Datta, N. (170602). Species-Level Discrimination of Psychrotrophic Pathogenic and Spoilage Gram-Negative Raw Milk Isolates Using a Combined MALDI-TOF MS Proteomics-Bioinformatics-based Approach. Journal of Proteome Research, 16(6), (2188-2203).

doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.6b01046

2017 Piyadasa, C., Yeager, T. R., Gray, S. R., Stewart, M. B., Ridgway, H. F., Pelekani, C., & Orbell, J. D. (170501). The influence of electromagnetic fields from two commercially available water-treatment devices on calcium carbonate precipitation. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 3(3), (566-572).

doi: 10.1039/c7ew00060j

2017 Vithanage, N. R., Dissanayake, M., Bolge, G., Palombo, E. A., Yeager, T. R., & Datta, N. (170201). Microbiological quality of raw milk attributable to prolonged refrigeration conditions. Journal of Dairy Research, 84(1), (92-101).

doi: 10.1017/S0022029916000728

2017 Piyadasa, C., Ridgway, H. F., Yeager, T. R., Stewart, M. B., Pelekani, C., Gray, S. R., & Orbell, J. D. (170101). The application of electromagnetic fields to the control of the scaling and biofouling of reverse osmosis membranes - A review. Desalination, 418 (19-34).

doi: 10.1016/j.desal.2017.05.017

2016 Vithanage, N. R., Dissanayake, M., Bolge, G., Palombo, E. A., Yeager, T. R., & Datta, N. (160601). Biodiversity of culturable psychrotrophic microbiota in raw milk attributable to refrigeration conditions, seasonality and their spoilage potential. International Dairy Journal, 57 (80-90).

doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2016.02.042

2016 Elfahri, K. R., Vasiljevic, T., Yeager, T., & Donkor, O. N. (160101). Anti-colon cancer and antioxidant activities of bovine skim milk fermented by selected Lactobacillus helveticus strains. Journal of Dairy Science, 99(1), (31-40).

doi: 10.3168/jds.2015-10160

2014 du, Plooy., Mostafa, M. G., Duke, M., & Yeager, T. (140401). Cultivation and enrichment of anammox culture in a submerged membrane bioreactor. Water, 41(2), (132-138).

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Peroxide-Based Sustainable Treatment of Salmonid Aquaculture
From: Enterprise Solutions Centre Program
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed

Phase II: Cultivation of Anammox from WTP Sludge
From: Melbourne Water Corporation
Investigators: Dr Mikel Duke
For period: 2014-2015
$168,944

Evaluation of non-chemical pulsed-power technology as an antifouling pre-treatment for reverse osmosis desalination membranes
From: National Centre of Excellence for Desalination
Investigators: Prof John Orbell, Prof Stephen Gray
For period: 2012-2015
$178,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
4 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (4) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Dr Yeager has been teaching at Victoria University for the past 9 years.  He has taught a range of biotechnology and biology subjects from First year through to honours and masters units.  He is currently teaching a ranger of subjects in the First Year College including;  Biology 1 and 2 (RBF1310 and RBF1320), Skills for the Scientist (NSC1210) and Global Environmental Issues (RBF1150). 

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Mar 2007 - Aug 2010
Senior Scientist
CSL
Mar 2002 - Sep 2006
Research Scientist
Promega Corporation
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Mar 2007 - Aug 2010
Senior Scientist
CSL
Mar 2002 - Sep 2006
Research Scientist
Promega Corporation