Microbiome in Health and Disease

We are currently seeking Senior Research Fellows/ Academic Level C – join us as we strengthen our microbiome research program. Apply now.

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The human microbiome is now known to be an important determinant of health and to have a broad impact on many human diseases. While much research to date has focused on characterising the microbiome itself, the focus is rapidly shifting to microbial metabolites and their effect on health, and in manipulating the microbiome to improve health. There is great interest in the interactions between the microbiome and immunity, especially as immunity develops in early life and sets programs that may predispose to autoimmunity and chronic inflammatory disease.

The University of Melbourne and its partners are at the forefront of fundamental immunology and many diseases impacted by the microbiome, including autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases such as IBD, diabetes and cancer. Via the Melbourne Medical School and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the University has key research programs in foetal development and early life of particular relevance to the microbiome. Research in the Melbourne Dental School is focusing on the oral microbiome and its influence on dental and systemic health. The microbiome is also linked to cognition and neurodegeneration and this is being explored in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, Melbourne Medical School and via our partnership with the Florey Institute of Neuroscience. The Melbourne Biomedical Precinct is a leader in cancer immunotherapy and the microbiome has been shown to be an important determinant of response in this rapidly developing therapeutic approach to cancer.

The University of Melbourne is seeking new researchers at academic level C who can join in and benefit from our  developing critical mass of research talent and facilities for microbiome research. We are seeking researchers with demonstrated expertise to build an internationally competitive research program in:

  • microbial metagenomics
  • microbial metabolomics
  • host microbiome interactions across the lifespan
  • fundamental or translational studies of the impact of the microbiome on health and disease
  • clinical trials of manipulation of the microbiome.

Applications are open until 24th July 2018 and will require a:

For enquiries please email: mdhs-campaign@unimelb.edu.au

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Key partners, schools and centres at the University of Melbourne involved in microbiome research:

School of Biomedical Sciences

The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Melbourne Medical School

Melbourne Dental School

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

The University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research

Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre