Ian M. Mackay

Supervising Scientist (Virology)

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Any opinions I share online are my own and are not endorsed by my employer or any other organization. A.Prof. Mackay has 25+ years’ experience discovering, detecting and characterizing viral pathogens in the fields of respiratory, public health and emerging, and molecular virology.


  • Randomized placebo-controlled trial on azithromycin to reduce the morbidity of bronchiolitis in Indigenous Australian infants: rationale and protocol DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-12-94
  • Usefulness of Published PCR Primers in Detecting Human Rhinovirus Infection DOI: 10.3201/eid1702.101123
  • Molecular characterization and distinguishing features of a novel human rhinovirus (HRV) C, HRVC-QCE, detected in children with fever, cough and wheeze during 2003 DOI: 10.1016/j.jcv.2010.01.001
  • Newly identified human rhinoviruses: molecular methods heat up the cold viruses DOI: 10.1002/rmv.644
  • Newly identified human rhinoviruses: molecular methods heat up the cold viruses (vol 20, pg 156, 2010) DOI: 10.1002/rmv.669
  • Newly Identified Respiratory Viruses in Children With Asthma Exacerbation not Requiring Admission to Hospital DOI: 10.1002/jmv.21819
  • Proposals for the classification of human rhinovirus species C into genotypically assigned types DOI: 10.1099/vir.0.023994-0
  • Do rhinoviruses reduce the probability of viral co-detection during acute respiratory tract infections? DOI: 10.1016/j.jcv.2009.03.008
  • Distinguishing Molecular Features and Clinical Characteristics of a Putative New Rhinovirus Species, Human Rhinovirus C (HRV C) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0001847
  • Human bocavirus: Passenger or pathogen in acute respiratory tract infections? ISSN: 0893-8512
  • Human metapneumovirus in lung transplant recipients and comparison to respiratory syncytial virus DOI: 10.1164/rccm.200711-1657OC
  • Human rhinoviruses: The cold wars resume DOI: 10.1016/j.jcv.2008.04.002
  • Orthopoxvirus detection in environmental specimens during suspected bioterror attacks: Inhibitory influences of common household products ISSN: 0099-2240
  • Prior Evidence of Putative Novel Rhinovirus Species, Australia DOI: 10.3201/eid1411.080725
  • Characterisation of a newly identified human rhinovirus, HRV-QPM, discovered in infants with bronchiolitis DOI: 10.1016/j.jcv.2007.03.012
  • Community epidemiology of human metapneumovirus, human coronavirus NL63, and other respiratory viruses in healthy preschool-aged children using parent-collected specimens ISSN: 0031-4005
  • Human bocavirus: Multisystem detection raises questions about infection ISSN: 0022-1899
  • Identification of a novel polyomavirus from patients with acute respiratory tract infections DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.0030064
  • Rapid detection of bioterror agents.
  • Real-time PCR in microbiology. From diagnosis to characterization.
  • The role of real-time PCR in routine microbial diagnostics.
  • Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte epitope vaccination protects against human metapneumovirus infection and disease in mice ISSN: 0022-538X
  • Detection and discrimination of herpes simplex viruses, Haemophilus ducreyi, Treponema pallidum, and Calymmatobacterium (Klebsiella) granulomatis from genital ulcers ISSN: 1058-4838
  • Detection and discrimination of herpes simplex viruses, Haemophilus ducreyi, Treponema pallidum, and Calymmatobacterium (Klebsiella) granulomatis from genital ulcers (vol 42, pg 1431, 2006)
  • Evidence of human coronavirus HKU1 and human bocavirus in Australian children DOI: 10.1016/j.jcv.2005.09.008
  • Frequent detection of human rhinoviruses, paramyxoviruses, coronaviruses, and bocavirus during acute respiratory tract infections ISSN: 0146-6615
  • Genetic diversity of human metapneumovirus over 4 consecutive years in Australia DOI: 10.1086/504260
  • Human coronavirus nomenclature ISSN: 0891-3668
  • Human metapneumovirus, Australia, 2001-2004 ISSN: 1080-6040
  • Real-time PCR assays for detection of bocavirus in human specimens ISSN: 0095-1137
  • Specific detection of enterovirus 71 directly from clinical specimens using real-time RT-PCR hybridization probe assay ISSN: 0890-8508
  • Use of the P gene to genotype human metapneumovirus identifies 4 viral subtypes. (vol 190, pg 1913, 2004)
  • New human coronavirus, HCoV-NL63, associated with severe lower respiratory tract disease in Australia ISSN: 0146-6615
  • Real-time fluorescent PCR techniques to study microbial-host interactions ISSN: 0580-9517
  • A sensitive, specific, and cost-effective multiplex reverse transcriptase-PCR assay for the detection of seven common respiratory viruses in respiratory samples ISSN: 1525-1578
  • Detection and differentiation of herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 by a duplex LightCycler PCR that incorporates an internal control PCR reaction DOI: 10.1016/j.jcv.2003.08.003
  • Detection and differentiation of Plasmodium species by polymerase chain reaction and colorimetric detection in blood samples of patients with suspected malaria ISSN: 0732-8893
  • Global genetic diversity of human metapneumovirus fusion gene ISSN: 1080-6040
  • Guideline to reference gene selection for quantitative real-time PCR ISSN: 0006-291X
  • Real-time PCR in the microbiology laboratory DOI: 10.1111/j.1198-743X.2004.00722.x
  • Simultaneous detection and differentiation of human Polyomaviruses JC and BK by a rapid and sensitive PCR-ELAHA assay and a survey of the JCV subtypes within an Australian population ISSN: 0146-6615
  • Use of the P gene to genotype human Metapneumovirus identifies 4 viral subtypes ISSN: 0022-1899
  • Co-detection and discrimination of six human herpesviruses by multiplex PCR-ELAHA DOI: 10.1016/S1386-6532(03)00072-6
  • Detection of Influenza type A virus by LightCycler RT-PCR. ISSN: 1038-1643
  • Detection of Neisseria meningitidis by LightCycler PCR ISSN: 0031-3025
  • Molecular assays for detection of human metapneumovirus ISSN: 0095-1137
  • Preliminary comparison of three LightCycler PCR assays for the detection of herpes simplex virus in swab specimens ISSN: 0934-9723
  • A real-time PCR assay for the detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae by LightCycler ISSN: 0732-8893
  • Detection of human respiratory syncytial virus in respiratory samples by LightCycler reverse transcriptase PCR ISSN: 0095-1137
  • Evidence of human metapneumovirus in Australian children ISSN: 0025-729X
  • Real-time PCR in virology ISSN: 0305-1048
  • The effects of vitamin B12 on hepatitis C virus replication ISSN: 0016-5085
  • Detection and differentiation of human polyomaviruses JC and BK by LightCycler PCR ISSN: 0095-1137
  • Quantitative PCR-ELAHA for the determination of retroviral vector transduction efficiency ISSN: 1525-0016
  • Detection of human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) antigens in peripheral blood leukocytes of patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation. ISSN: 0268-3369
  • Evaluation of a commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for detection of serum immunoglobulin G response to human herpesvirus 6 ISSN: 0095-1137

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