Staff profile

Dr Richard Luke FAIAST MASM

Emeritus Scholar

College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Life Sciences
AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience

Melbourne (Bundoora)



Area of study

Animal and Veterinary Bioscience

Brief profile


Richard completed his BAgrSc degree at the University of Melbourne and his PhD at the Australian National University.  In 1969 he joined the then School of Agriculture as Lecturer in Nutritional Biochemistry and in 1978 he was appointed Senior Lecturer.  His teaching areas have included biochemistry, microbiology, physiology and nutrition, and coordination of work experience. In 1975/76 he was a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Bristol (UK); in 1979/80 a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK); and in 1999/2000 Visitor at University of Birmingham (UK).  In 1980 he was appointed President of Glenn College, a position he held concurrently with his academic position until the end of 1996. Between 1991 and 1993 he was District Chairman (Rotary District 9790) for the CRA National Science Summer School, and between 2002 and 2004, National President of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST).

Recent publications


Bettelheim, K. A., Luke, R. K. J., Johnston, N., Pearce, J. L. & Goldwater, P. N. (2012). A Possible Murine Model for Investigation of Pathogenesis of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Current Microbiology 64, 276-282.

Brown, A. G. & Luke, R. K. J. (2010). Siderophore production and utilization by milk spoilage Pseudomonas species. Journal of dairy science 93, 1355-1363.

Casey, J. L., Sanalla, A. M., Tamvakis, D. & other authors (2011). Peptides specific for Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis infection: diagnostic potential. Protein Engineering Design & Selection 24, 589-596.

Pearce, J. L., Bettelheim, K. A., Luke, R. K. J. & Goldwater, P. N. (2010). Serotypes of Escherichia coli in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Journal of Applied Microbiology 108, 731-735.

Research projects


Bacterial virulence and spoilage

Bacterial iron, copper and zinc metabolism

Antimicrobial peptides