Dr Willa Huston is an Associate Professor and research group leader at the School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney. She is the acting Associate Head of School for Learning and Teaching in the School of Life Sciences. Her microbiology research is focussed on molecular microbiology of the intracellular pathogen Chlamydia. She is especially interested in research into infectious diseases cause human diseases such as infertility and PID in women. Her research has uncovered an essential role for the protease HtrA in the replicative phase of chlamydial development. This was the first successful application of chemical inhibition to demonstrate an essential chlamydial protease.