Dr Steven Leach

Dr Steven Leach

Senior Lecturer

BSc (Hons); PhD

Medicine & Health
School of Clinical Medicine

I am a research scientist specializing in the gastrointestinal microbiome to promote gastrointestinal health and limit the burden of inflammatory disease in infants and children.

My focus is on basic and clinical research to understand and optimizing health outcomes in infants and children. My aim is to understand how bacteria colonize the gastrointestinal tract, how these bacteria turn into a community commonly called the microbiome, and how the microbiome interacts with the body. I work closely with physicians and health care professionals in both the Sydney Children’s Hospital and Royal Hospital for Women and together we look for ways to improve health outcomes in infants and children who suffer from gastrointestinal and associated inflammation disease including inflammatory bowel disease, eczema, allergy, necrotizing enterocolitis and irritable bowel syndrome.

I am also the head of laboratory research at Sydney Children’s Hospital and in this role I support a wide range of research projects and clinical trials into childhood disease.

(02) 9382 1883
Westfield Research Lab Level 2 Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick NSW 2031

Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award

Deans Rising star award

Gastroenterology Society of Australia – Travel Grant

Funding sources: NHMRC, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, Janssen Pty Ltd, The R E Ross Trust

Society Memberships: Gastroenterological Society of Australia

Professional Activities: Member of the Editorial Boards of Frontiers in Pediatrics Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Nutrients

Committee Membership: SCHN Kids Research Leadership Committee, SCHN Human Research Ethics Committee, The Infection disease, Immunity and Inflammation (Triple I) Clinical Academic Group Scientific Advisory Committee, MothersBabies Scientific Advisory Committee

My Research Supervision

2 PhD students, 2 ILP students