Dr Phillips was recently granted his PhD and accepted a position within the Centre Women’s Infectious Diseases (WCID), Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, as a senior Research Fellow focusing on furthering current and future research projects within the department related to human papillomavirus (HPV). Before starting his PhD studies, Dr Phillips worked as a research assistant within the WCID where he assisted with many research studies of sexually transmitted infections. He then completed his PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast under Professor Peter Timms, a leading expert in Chlamydia Vaccinology. Findings from his PhD thesis entitled C. pecorum: Understanding modes of transmission and control of infection in vaccinated/antibiotic treated koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), resulted in changes to the current experimental Chlamydia pecorum vaccine protocols for koalas and identified specific immunological changes within koalas during antibiotic treatment for urogenital chlamydiosis.