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Sangeeta Khadka

Sangeeta Khadka

Sangeeta Khadka

PhD Candidate


Location: ABC Building, 1-7  Liverpool Street, Hobart TAS 7000


  • A microbiologist from Nepal  with the expertise in medical microbiology including conventional and molecular  biology techniques.
  • Self-motivated,  adaptable and ability to work  independently or in peers.
  • Currently, a PhD candidate in the Centre for  Rural Health at the University of Tasmania.


  1. Graduate Certificate in  Research (2018), UTAS
  2. M.Sc. Medical Microbiology  (2015), Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  3. B.Sc. Microbiology (2010), Tribhuvan University,  Nepal


Professional  Interests:

Expansion of professional knowledge and  training, Better presentation skills, High quality work performance, Strengthen  professional relationships.

Personal Interests:

Working for community, Reading, Travelling,  Socializing

PhD Research

Project/Thesis Title

Identification of Type and Load of Oral Microorganisms Associated with the Clinical Signs of Aspiration Pneumonia and Ill Health in People Living in Residential Aged Care


The purpose of my research is to document the effects of oral care for adults, including those with dementia, living in residential aged care facilities in Tasmania. The effect will be analysed in terms of differences in the presence oral microbial type and load at baseline and after intervention. A microbial diagnostic protocol will be prepared and validated to identify significant microbial population causing aspiration pneumonia among the older population, particularly with dementia.

Supervisors Assoc Prof Leonard Crocombe, Dr Silvana Bettiol, Assoc Prof Lyn Goldberg, Assoc Prof Anna King


  1. Khadka S, Bettiol S, Goldberg L, King A, Sharee McCammon, Crocombe L. Comparison of DNA Extraction and Quantification Methods to Analyse Bacterial Load in Oral Cavity. The University of Sydney, Molecular Microbiology Meeting 2018. Sydney, Australia. Poster Presentation.
  2. Khadka S, Bettiol S, Goldberg L, King A, Crocombe L. Identification of type and load of oral microorganisms associated with ill health and aspiration pneumonia in people living in residential aged care. Tasmanian Health Conference, Hobart 2017. Hobart, Australia. Oral Presentation.