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Current Officers


Jinxin Zhao (Australia)

Vice Chair

Yu-Wei Lin (Australia)


Nusaibah Abdul Rahim (Malaysia)


Iris Minichmayr (Austria)

All Members

Chioma Achi (UK)
Waqas Ahmad (Pakistan)
Muhammad Asaduzzaman (Norway)
Marcia Ashmi (UK)
Su Mon Aye (Myanmar)
Pankaj Chaudhary (Nepal)
Oluwafemi Babatunde Daodu (Nigeria)
Rahul Garg (India)
Zhilian Huang (Singapore)
Getrude Kayeyia (UK)
Evdoxia Kyriazopoulou (Greece)
Wenyi Li (Australia)
Haiyang Liu (China)
Shakeel Mowlaboccus (Australia)
Dishon Muloi (Kenya)
Soe Yu Naing (Myanmar)
Sicilia Perumalsamy (Australia)
Asha Rajan (India)
Shasank Sekhar Swain (India)
Biruk Tesfaye Birhanu (Republic of Korea)
Ana Vale (Ireland)
Leshan Wannigama (Japan)
Mo Yin (Singapore)

How to Join

ISAC Working Groups are open to new members with a strong interest and relevant experience in the given field. To join an ISAC Working Group, please contact Fee Johnstone, ISAC Executive Officer with your name and a brief C.V. We welcome new members!

Join ISAC's newest Working Group

Welcome all early career professionals!

Do you want to be more involved in the ISAC Early Career community? We are excited to announce that ISAC has established a new Early Career Working Group, founded and led by Jinxin Zhao (Monash University, Australia).

Joining the ISAC Early Career Working Group committee is a great way to improve your leadership skills, build your confidence, get involved with / contribute to the Early Career Community and build long-lasting networks for collaborations worldwide.


  • It is preferable that applicants should be a member of an ISAC Member Society. Click here for full list of ISAC Member Societies.
  • Applicants should identify as Early Career Professional who are under the age of 35 or awarded PhD degree with the last 5 years in antimicrobials or a related field.
  • Be an active member of the group and participate in regular meetings / activities.

Once the group has established an ordinary membership base, nominations will be solicited for the unfilled Officer positions.

Joining couldn't be easier: email Fee Johnstone, ISAC Executive Assistant at with your CV to join today!

Aims & Objectives

There has never been a more critical time than the present for the next-generation researchers/clinicians/clinical pharmacists in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy to engage in the early stages of their careers to keep up with the novel techniques and to ensure timely response to the current global health threats. This Working Group aims to serve as a platform to communicate with senior researchers and provide young researchers worldwide opportunities to build long-lasting networks for collaborations.

The work plan for the group is as follows:

• Provide assistance for ISAC programmes to ensure the International Congress of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ICC), ISAC's biennial congress. scientific programme is relevant and attractive to early career researchers. The 32nd ICC will take place in Perth, Australia in November 2022.

• Work with relevant ISAC committees/Working Groups and senior researchers to devise a professional development programme.

• Provide a contact point for Early Career Researchers (ECR) to bring them into our Society and form a young scientist network.

• Work with the ISAC committee members to have ECR Working Group feature in ISAC journals (International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents / Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance), newsletters and a presence on the website to share information on activities and opportunities.

• Build collaborations with other committees and organisations on areas of common interest.

• The group will also be encouraged to contribute to the ISAC Academy, a free, online learning platform, when it launches later in 2021. 


Optimising paediatric antibiotic therapy: a model-informed precision dosing approach
Organised by the ISAC Early Career Working Group
26 June @ 11.00 CET / 17.00 CST

Join us for an insightful webinar titled "Optimising Paediatric Antibiotic Therapy: A Model-Informed Precision Dosing Approach." This session will delve into the cutting-edge methodologies of model-informed precision dosing (MIPD) to enhance antibiotic treatment in children. Discover how integrating pharmacometric models and clinical data can optimise dosing regimens, improve therapeutic outcomes, and minimise adverse effects. Ideal for healthcare professionals, researchers, and clinicians, this webinar will provide valuable knowledge and practical strategies to revolutionise paediatric antibiotic therapy. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the leading expert in the field and advance your practice.


Membrane lipid remodelling confers polymyxin resistance in Gram-negative bacteria

The global threat from antibiotic resistance was highlighted in 2017 when the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first-ever priority pathogen list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Considered most in need of new treatment options were problematic Gram-negative bacteria (including Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterobacteriaceae) which contain a unique double-membrane cell envelope that acts as a first-line defence mechanism against many antibiotics.
However, there is a lack of understanding of how bacteria modify their cell surface to resist antibiotics and how these modifications affect interactions with membrane-targeting antibiotics (e.g., the last-line polymyxin antibiotics).

These significant knowledge gaps severely limit the design of much-needed novel antibiotics targeting antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

This free webinar will discuss the mechanism(s) underpinning the rapid and extensive membrane lipid remodelling and its relationship with polymyxin resistance in Gram-negative bacteria.

Dr Meiling Han (Monash University)

Wenyi Li (La Trobe University)
Dr Jinx Zhao  (Monash University / ISAC Early Career Chair)

Journey into the anti-infectives field: academia, clinical and industry perspectives

The ISAC Early Career Working Group and Anti-infective Pharmacology Working Group organised the first International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ISAC) and International Society of Anti-Infective Pharmacology (ISAP) joint Early Career webinar.

This webinar aimed to provide a platform for early career researchers (ECRs) to obtain career advice and to better understand the pressures impacting them and their career development.

Academic speaker - Prof. Sebastian Wicha (Hamburg University)
Clinical speaker - A/Prof. Thomas Tängdén (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Industry speaker - Dr Cuong Vuong (Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Belgium)
Dr Jinxin Zhao (Monash University / ISAC Early Career Chair)
Dr Alina Nussbaumer-Pröll (Medical University of Vienna / ISAP Secretariat)

When pharmacometrics and systems pharmacology meet infectious disease: monthly webinar series

Introduction to adaptive clinical trial design
Dr Amanda Wang, Certera Inc

Antimicrobial Pharmacometrics: Mathematical Models for Antimicrobial Research and Development
Dr Yu-Wei Lin, Associate Director of Pharmacometrics, Certara; Co-Director of the Malaya Translational and Clinical Pharmacometrics Group; Adjunct Researcher, Monash University



Deciphering the mechanisms of Antimicrobial resistance and MOA of synergistic combination by untargeted metabolomics
Dr Nusaibah Abdul Rahim, Head of Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice; Co-Director of the Malaya Translational and Clinical Pharmacometrics Group, University Malaya

Genome-scale metabolic modeling in antimicrobial pharmacology
Dr Jinxin Zhao, Research Fellow, Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University; Chair of ISAC Early Career Working Group

How molecular dynamics and immersive analysis accelerate antibiotic resistance research (Need to confirm the availability)
Miss Sabrina Jaeger and Mr Michael Aichem

New analysis methods to extract more genomic information from malaria parasite sequencing data
Dr Jiru Han, Research Fellow, Population Health and Immunity, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research



33rd International Congress of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ICC)

Istanbul, Turkey

Early Career Scientist Workshop - 3 November 2024

32nd International Congress of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ICC)
Perth, Australia (27 - 30 November 2022)

Early Career Scientist Workshop - Sunday 27 November 2022
Scientific Presentations by Early Career Researchers including the ISAC / ICC Travel Grant awardees
1st International Conference on Antimicrobial Computational Pharmacology ECR session: Career development in the post-COVID era: Challenges and strategies
Discussion Leaders: Dr. Yan Zhu (Monash University, Australia), Ms. Sabrina Jaeger-Honz (University of Konstanz, Germany), Dr. Meiling Han (Monash University, Australia), Dr. Sue Chin Nang (Monash University, Australia)
Panel list: Nusaibah Abdul Rahim (University of Malaya, Malaysia), Jiawei Wang (European Bioinformatics Institutes, UK) , Yu-Wei Lin (Certara), A/Prof. Zongyuan Ge (Monash University, Australia), Shaz Sivanesan (SPP, Australia)


Last updated: June 12th-2024