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Dr Collette Bromhead BSc(Hons)

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology

School of Health Sciences

Collette obtained her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2004  and is a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist with 20 years’ experience in molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases.  She is the former Chief Executive of Rare Disorders NZ and previously headed the molecular pathology department at Aotea Pathology Ltd where she was responsible for ~50,000 clinical PCR results per year that lead to her being crowned the “Queen of Chlamydia”, “Goddess of gonorrhoea” and the “High-Priestess of HPV”. 

She has been a technical expert for International Accreditation New Zealand and holds several advisory roles for the National Cervical Screening Program Advisory Committee.  She has worked with the New Zealand Sexual Health Society to produce national guidelines on testing and treatment and has consulted to the Ministry of Health, ESR, Zygem Corporation and the Women’s Health Research Centre at Otago University.

Collette has been involved with vocational and graduate training at Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Ulster. She has been a representative for education at the NZ Institute of Medical Laboratory Scientists and was deputy editor of their journal. 

With a career that bridges the sciences, advocacy and clinical medicine, Collette enjoys bringing ideas from these fields together to increase the understanding of colleagues and students. 

Collette is a senior lecturer in Molecular Microbiology and is a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist with 20 years’ experience in molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases.  Her work in the field of Sexually Transmitted Diseases has led to her being crowned as the  “Queen of Chlamydia”, “Goddess of gonorrhoea” and the “High-Priestess of HPV”.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: (04) 8015799 ext 63174
    Location: 3C15, Offenberger Building
    Campus: Wellington

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Sciences (Honours) - Victoria University (1997)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Registration, Medical Scientist, Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases

Assay development, optimisation and validation

Prevalence studies

Sexual Health promotion

Public health prevention strategies

Burden of rare disorders

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biological Sciences (060000):
Clinical Microbiology (110303): Clinical Sciences (110300):
Infectious Agents (060502):
Infectious Diseases (110309): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Medical Genetics (excl. Cancer Genetics) (110311): Medical Microbiology (110800):
Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500): Virology (060506)

Keywords

Molecular Biology

Diagnostics

PCR

Microbiology

Sexual Health

Virology

Screening

Human Papillomavirus

Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Chlamydia trachomatis

Quality Assurance

Advocacy

Leadership

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Completed Projects

Project Title: Genotyping Macrolide Resistance Markers from Mycoplasma genitalium patient samples in New Zealand

Date Range: 2016 - 2017

Funding Body: Hologic (Australia) PTY Limited

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Brewer, N., Foliaki, S., Bromhead, C., Viliamu-Amusia, I., Pelefoti-Gibson, L., Jones, T., . . . Douwes, J. (2019). Acceptability of human papillomavirus self-sampling for cervical-cancer screening in under-screened māori and pasifika women: A pilot study. New Zealand Medical Journal. 132(1497), 21-31
[Journal article]Authored by: Brewer, N., Bromhead, C., Douwes, J., Foliaki, S., Potter, J.
Sherman, SM., Cohen, CR., Denison, HJ., Bromhead, C., & Patel, H. (2019). A survey of knowledge, attitudes and awareness of the human papillomavirus among healthcare professionals across the UK.. Eur J Public Health.
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Denison, H.
Lark, S., Kurtovich, R., de Terte, I., & Bromhead, C. (2018). The effect of high intensity intermittent exercise on chronic stress and potential biomarkers: A pilot study. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. , Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11896-018-9303-z
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., de Terte, I.
Sherman, SM., Bartholomew, K., Denison, HJ., Patel, H., Moss, EL., Douwes, J., . . . Bromhead, C. (2018). Knowledge, attitudes and awareness of the human papillomavirus among health professionals in New Zealand. PLoS ONE. 13(12)
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Denison, H., Douwes, J.
Denison, HJ., Woods, L., Bromhead, C., Kennedy, J., Grainger, R., Jutel, A., . . . Dennison, EM. (2018). Healthcare-seeking behaviour of people with sexually transmitted infection symptoms attending a sexual health clinic in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal. 131(1481), 40-49
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Denison, H.
Denison, HJ., Bromhead, C., Grainger, R., Dennison, EM., & Jutel, A. (2018). What influences university students to seek sexually transmitted infection testing?: A qualitative study in New Zealand. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. 16, 56-60
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Denison, H.
Hendrickson, HL., & Bromhead, C. (2017). Untreatable gonorrhoea, are we there yet?. Biochemist Society. June 2017, 30-34 Retrieved from http://www.biochemist.org/bio/03903/0030/039030030.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Hendrickson, H.
Denison, HJ., Bromhead, C., Grainger, R., Dennison, EM., & Jutel, A. (2017). Barriers to sexually transmitted infection testing in New Zealand: A qualitative study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 41(4), 432-437
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Denison, H.
Bromhead, C., & Hendrickson, H. (2017). Untreatable gonorrhoea, are we there yet?. Biochemist. 39(3), 30-31
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Hendrickson, H.
Denison, HJ., Bromhead, C., Grainger, R., Dennison, EM., & Jutel, A. (2017). Barriers to sexually transmitted infection testing in New Zealand: a qualitative study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 41(4), 432-437
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
O'Toole, R., Romeril, K., & Bromhead, C. (2017). Using iron studies to predict HFE mutations in New Zealand: implications for laboratory testing. Internal Medicine Journal. 47(4), 447-454
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Denison, HJ., Curtis, EM., Clynes, MA., Bromhead, C., Dennison, EM., & Grainger, R. (2016). The incidence of sexually acquired reactive arthritis: a systematic literature review. Clinical Rheumatology. 35(11), 2639-2648
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Denison, H.
Kang, YJ., Lewis, H., Smith, MA., Simonella, L., Neal, H., Bromhead, C., . . . Canfell, K. (2015). Pre-vaccination type-specific HPV prevalence in confirmed cervical high grade lesions in the Māori and non-Māori populations in New Zealand. BMC Infectious Diseases. 15(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Bromhead, C., Liyanarachchy, N., Mayes, J., Upton, A., & Balm, M. (2015). Supplementary testing is not required in the cobas 4800 CT/NG Test for Neisseria gonorrhoeae weak-positive urogenital Samples. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 53(1), 327-328
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Basu, I., Bromhead, C., Balm, M., Upton, A., Reid, M., Franklin, R., . . . Roberts, SA. (2015). Lymphogranuloma venereum in men who have sex with men: Evidence of local transmission in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal. 128(1410), 25-29
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Nicol, M., Whiley, D., Nulsen, M., & Bromhead, C. (2015). Direct detection of markers associated with Neisseria gonorrhoeae antimicrobial resistance in New Zealand using residual DNA from the Cobas 4800 CT/NG NAAT assay. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 91(2), 91-93
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Nulsen, M.
Nicol, M., Nulsen, M., & Bromhead, C. (2014). Detection of molecular markers associated with resistance (PPNG, gyrA, mosaic penA) in neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates from the New Zealand culture collection. New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science. 68(3), 84-86
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Nulsen, M.
Miller, A., Bromhead, C., Jones, M., Whiley, D., & Upton, A. (2013). COMPARISON OF THE ROCHE COBAS 4800 CTNG TEST WITH MICROBIAL CULTURE FOR DETECTING NEISSERIA GONORRHOEAE IN GENITAL AND NON-GENITAL SPECIMENS IN NEW ZEALAND. SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS. 89, A55-A55
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Simonella, LM., Lewis, H., Smith, M., Neal, H., Bromhead, C., & Canfell, K. (2013). Type-specific oncogenic human papillomavirus infection in high grade cervical disease in New Zealand. BMC Infectious Diseases. 13(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Bromhead, C., Miller, A., Jones, M., & Whiley, D. (2013). Comparison of the cobas 4800 CT/NG test with culture for detecting neisseria gonorrhoeae in genital and nongenital specimens in a low-prevalence population in New Zealand. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 51(5), 1505-1509
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Upton, A., Bromhead, C., & Whiley, DM. (2013). Neisseria gonorrhoeae false-positive result obtained from a pharyngeal swab by using the roche cobas 4800 CT/NG assay in New Zealand in 2012. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 51(5), 1609-1610
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Bromhead, C., Miller, A., & Jones, M. (2013). Neisseria gonorrhoea testing in New Zealand, culture or PCR?. New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science. 67(1), 4-6
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Lawton, B., & Bromhead, C. (2013). Nucleic acid amplification tests of self-taken vulvovaginal swabs are more sensitive than clinician taken endocervical culture for gonorrhoea. Evidence-Based Medicine. 18(5)
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Rose, SB., Bromhead, C., Lawton, BA., Zhang, J., Stanley, J., & Baker, MG. (2012). Access to chlamydia testing needed for high-risk groups: Patterns of testing and detection in an urban area of New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 36(4), 343-350
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Miller, A., Bromhead, C., Jones, M., & Tustin, P. (2012). Mucus digestion improves the detection of chlamydia trachomatis and neisseria gonorrhoeae on the cobas 4800. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 39(9), 733-734
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Rose, SB., Lawton, BA., Bromhead, C., Jane Macdonald, E., & Raina Elley, C. (2010). Poor uptake of self-sample collection kits for Chlamydia testing outside primary care. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 34(5), 517-520
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Lawton, BA., Rose, SB., Raina Elley, C., Bromhead, C., Jane MacDonald, E., & Baker, MG. (2010). Increasing the uptake of opportunistic chlamydia screening: A pilot study in general practice. Journal of Primary Health Care. 2(3), 199-207
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Lawton, BA., Rose, SB., Bromhead, C., Gaitanos, LA., MacDonald, EJ., & Lund, KA. (2008). High prevalence of Mycoplasma genitalium in women presenting for termination of pregnancy. Contraception. 77(4), 294-298
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Robertson, A., Azariah, S., Bromhead, C., Tabrizi, S., & Blackmore, T. (2008). Case report: Lymphogranuloma venereum in New Zealand. Sexual Health. 5(4), 369-370
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Sparrow, M., Lewis, H., Brown, P., Bromhead, C., Fernando, D., & Maitra, A. (2007). Chlamydia screening in Wellington Family Planning Association (FPA) clinics: A demonstration project. New Zealand Medical Journal. 120(1252)
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Rose, SB., Lawton, BA., Bromhead, C., MacDonald, EJ., & Lund, KA. (2007). Self-obtained vaginal swabs for PCR chlamydia testing: A practical alternative. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 47(5), 415-418
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Bromhead, C., Miller, JH., & McDonald, FJ. (2006). Regulation of T-cadherin by hormones, glucocorticoid and EGF. Gene. 374(1-2), 58-67
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Baker, M., Ortega-Benito, JM., Garret, N., Bromhead, C., Leslie, K., MacDonald, J., . . . McNicholas, A. (2005). Prevalence and risk factors for Chlamydia trachomatis infection in female New Zealand university students. New Zealand Medical Journal. 118(1220)
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Lawton, B., Rose, S., Bromhead, C., Brown, S., MacDonald, J., & Shepherd, J. (2004). Rates of Chlamydia trachomatis testing and chlamydial infection in pregnant women. New Zealand Medical Journal. 117(1194)
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Bromhead, C., Grebe, SKG., Miller, JH., Bethwaite, PB., Tie, ABM., Teague, CA., . . . McDonald, FJ. (2001). T-cadherin expression is regulated by EGF, estradiol and dexamethasone in human osteosarcoma cells. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL. 12, 480A-480A
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C.

Conference

Heydari, A., Kim, N., Bromhead, C., Horswell, J., Gielen, G., Biggs, P., . . . Palmer, B. (2018). Heavy Metals and Antibiotic Resistance Diversity Investigation in Soil Bacteria Using 16SrDNA Sequencing and Specific PCR. Poster session presented at the meeting of Joint NZMS & NZSBMB Annual Conference. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Biggs, P., Bromhead, C., Horswell, J., Kim, N., Palmer, B.
Foliaki, S., Brewer, N., Bromhead, C., PearceN, ., Potter, J., Douwes, J., . . . Masters, S. (2017). Acceptability of self-sampling in New Zealand: A pilot study. Poster session presented at the meeting of England
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Brewer, N., Bromhead, C., Douwes, J., Foliaki, S., Potter, J.
Brewer, NJ., Foliaki, S., Bromhead, C., Viliamu-Amusia, I., Marsters, S., Pearce, N., . . . Douwes, J. (2017, October). Acceptability of self-sampling in New Zealand: A pilot study. Presented at EUROGIN (EUropean Research Organisation on Genital Infection and Neoplasia) 2017. Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Brewer, N., Bromhead, C., Douwes, J., Potter, J.Contributed to by: Foliaki, S.
Denison, H., Curtis, E., Clynes, M., Bromhead, C., Dennison, E., & Grainger, R. (2016). The Incidence of Sexually Acquired Reactive Arthritis: A Systematic Literature Review. Poster session presented at the meeting of American College of Rheumatology ASM 2016
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Denison, H.Contributed to by: Bromhead, C.
Heydari, A., Kim, N., Bromhead, C., Horswell, J., & Palmer, B. (2016). Investigation of heavy metal and antibiotic resistance in bacteria from agricultural soils in New Zealand. , New Zealand Microbiology Society Annual Meeting 2016
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Kim, N., Palmer, B.
Bromhead, C., Young, S., Kennedy, J., Balm, M., Nulsen, M., & Kendrick, C. (2016). How many Chlamydia infections in New Zealand are really Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)?. , New Zealand Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Conference 2016
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Kendrick, C., Nulsen, M.
Denison, HJ., Kennedy, J., Woods, L., Bromhead, C., Grainger, R., Jutel, A., . . . Dennison, EM. (2016). Time to presentation and interim sexual behaviour of people with symptoms attending an urban Sexual Health Clinic. , New Zealand Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Conference 2016
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Denison, HJ., Bromhead, C., Grainger, R., Dennison, EM., & Jutel, A. (2016). Reasons for seeking an STI test: a qualitattive study among university students. , New Zealand Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Conference 2016
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Bromhead, C. (2016). Is HPV self sampling the cure for low cervical screening coverage?. , NZ Institute of Medical Laboratory Science Annual Meeting
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Bromhead, C., Upton, A., & Lowe, P. (2016). Antimicrobial Resistance of Mycoplasma genitalium in New Zealand. , Australian Sexual Health Association Annual Meeting 2016
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Bromhead, C., O'Toole, R., & Romeril, KRR. (2015). Using Iron Studies to Target Testing for Hereditary Haemochromatosis in New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of American Society for Hematology Annual Meeting 2015. Orlando Florida, USA
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Bromhead, C., O'Toole, R., & Romeril, KRR. (2015). Using iron studies to target testing for hereditary haemochromatosis in New Zealand. Blood 57th Annual American Society of Hematology Meeting. Vol. 23 (pp. 2150 - 2150). : American Society for Hematology Annual Meeting 2015
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Bennett, L., Landt, O., Jones, M., & Bromhead, C.Evaluation of a lightcycler confirmatory assay for Chlamydia trachomatis. JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS. 6 (2)(pp. 151 - 151). 1525-1578.
[Conference]Authored by: Bromhead, C.

Other

Bromhead, C. (2016). Research Review: Laboratory Medicine 2016 (Edition 13).
[Internet publication]Authored by: Bromhead, C.
Bromhead, C. (2016). Research Review: Laboratory Medicine March 2016 (edition 14).
[Internet publication]Authored by: Bromhead, C.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Courses Coordinated

  • 202.704 Diagnostic Medical Microbiology

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Ali Heydari - Doctor of Philosophy
    Resistance of Environmental Bacteria to Heavy Metals and Antibiotics in Selected New Zealand Soils

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