Professor Emad El-Omar is the Professor of Medicine at the St George and Sutherland Clinical School, UNSW Australia, and the Director of the Microbiome Research Centre at St George Hospital, Kogarah.
The research focus of our team is the role of chronic inflammation in GI disease, particularly malignancy. This inflammation is often microbially induced, hence our focus on understanding the gut microbiota and host bacterial interactions in several GI diseases. Our most developed research programme deals with the role of Helicobacter pylori infection in gastric cancer. We also have a strong programme on the role of the gut microbiota in colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. A new programme will address the role of the gut microbiota in hepatocellular cancer. We have an established international reputation in the study of host genetics of gastric cancer. We collaborate with research groups across the world and have a particularly strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2017 we have established a Microbiome Research Centre (MRC) at St George Hospital. The MRC's aim is to facilitate collaborative research in all aspects of microbiome related health and disease, including cancer, maternal and child health, infection/inflammation/immunity, critical care and neuroscience/mental health.
Broad Research Areas:
Gastrointestinal and liver cancer
Inflammatory bowel disease
BSc (Hons) in Pathology, (1986)
MB ChB, (1988)
M.D. Awarded With Honours and Bellahouston Medal July, 1995
FRCP (Edinburgh), 2002
FRSE (Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh) 2007
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, elected 2007
Member of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland, elected 2001
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, elected in 2002
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, elected 2017
Member of the American Gastroenterological Association
Member of the British Society of Gastroenterology
Editor in Chief of the journal Gut (2016 impact factor 16.658, ranked 2nd of 79 journals in the field of gastroenterology and Hepatology)
Visiting Professor: Chinese PLA Medical College and General Hospital, Beijing, China; term November 2013- November 2016.
Academic Counsellor for the Academic Committee of the Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Hangzhou, China; term September 2014 – September 2018.
Honorary Professor of Medicine, Aberdeen University, UK: 2016-2021.
Specific Research Keywords:
Gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, microbiome, host genetics, Helicobacter pylori, chronic inflammation
ILP/Honours research projects available for 2017:
Role of gut microbiota in hepatocellular cancer