Understanding the biological chemistry of pneumococcal disease

Research Opportunity
PhD, Honours
Department
Microbiology and Immunology
Location
Doherty Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor Christopher McDevitt christopher.mcdevitt@unimelb.edu.au (03) 8344 7200 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Stephanie Neville

Summary Building on our expertise in bacterial chemical biology, this project will investigate the pathways involved in Streptococcus pneumoniae metal ion homeostasis, elucidate their function, and reveal their roles in the host-pathogen interaction.

Project Details

All pathogenic organisms, whether bacterial, viral or parasitic, require metal ions (e.g. manganese, iron and zinc) to mediate disease. These metals are stolen directly from the host and so the pathways that pathogens use to scavenge these essential ions are ideal targets for novel antimicrobials. Streptococcus pneumoniae is the world’s foremost human bacterial pathogen responsible for more than one million deaths every year. Building on our expertise in bacterial chemical biology, this project will investigate the pathways involved in Streptococcus pneumoniae metal ion homeostasis, elucidate their function, and reveal their roles in the host-pathogen interaction.



Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Infection & Immunity



Research Opportunities

PhD, Honours
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Microbiology and Immunology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

McDevitt laboratory

Research Node

Doherty Institute

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