Penny Bishop BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, MASM
Dr Penny Bishop was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Nursing in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Sydney for 20 years, where she was responsible for the development and integration of science courses into the undergraduate nursing curriculum. Her main area of teaching was microbiology and infection control in the pre- and post-registration program for nursing students, and also in the Master of Nursing program. She is currently an Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Medicine at Sydney University.
Dr Bishop graduated with Honours in Biochemistry from the University of Sydney and obtained her MSc for research at the Children’s Medical Research Foundation, Sydney. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Sydney for studies on the biochemical properties of bacterial cell membranes and has a number of research publications in microbiology and molecular biology to her credit.
Dr Bishop spent five years in research laboratories overseas, first in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology at Harvard Medical School, and then at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
Prior to joining the Faculty of Nursing she taught across a wide range of courses in the faculties of Science and Medicine at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, and spent six years doing research in the Chemistry school at Macquarie University.
Penny Bishop is a member of the Australian Society for Microbiology (MASM), the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and the Australian Infection Control Association (AICA). Her interests include the use of techniques of molecular biology to study the epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections. In 1998 she was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) with Dr Gary Lee. She also served for three years as editor of Microbiology Australia, the journal of the Australian Society for Microbiology.
Gary Lee BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, MScMed
Gary Lee is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. In over 30 years in the tertiary education sector Gary taught microbiology, immunology, physiology and pathophysiology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a broad range of health professional courses including nursing, medical radiation technology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. He also had a key role in the development and delivery of offshore, allied health degree courses (undergraduate and postgraduate) in Singapore. Gary Lee had several years experience in diagnostic pathology laboratories in microbiology, haematology, blood banking and serology.
Gary Lee received his BSc in microbiology and immunology from the University of New South Wales, and obtained a PhD for his research on infection and immunity to Salmonella typhimurium. He completed an MBA at the University of Central Queensland. In 2012 he received an honorary Master of Science in Medicine from the University of Sydney.
Gary Lee has research interests in the epidemiology of community-acquired MRSA, in infection control and antibiotic usage in hospitals, and in the gut microbiota. Dr Lee led the development of a generic Health Sciences degree program that was first offered in the University of Sydney in 2002, and which became a foundation program for graduate entry courses in the University. From 1995–1997, Dr Lee was Associate Dean and Chair of the Faculty of Health Sciences Undergraduate Studies Committee, and was Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences from 1998 to 2001. In 1998 he received, in conjunction with Dr Penny Bishop, the Australian Society for Microbiology Excellence in Teaching Award.