Using genomics to investigate the transmission of skin pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in a ‘One Health’ setting

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Department
Microbiology and Immunology
Location
Doherty Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Mark Davies mark.davies1@unimelb.edu.au (03) 9035 6519 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor Steven Tong steven.tong@mh.org.au (03) 9342 9406 Personal web page

Summary A significant knowledge gap exists as to the role of household animals in the maintenance and transmission of skin pathogens in remote Australian communities. This project aims to use bioinformatics approaches to investigate the transmission of skin pathogens between humans and animals in areas of high disease burden.

Project Details

Remote Indigenous Australian communities experience disproportionately high levels of skin disease associated with the bacterial pathogens, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Streptococcus pyogenes. Our preliminary research indicates that dogs in remote Indigenous communities also carry MRSA more commonly than dogs in urban settings. A significant knowledge gap exists as to the role of household animals in the maintenance and transmission of skin pathogens in remote Australian communities. This project aims to use bioinformatics approaches to investigate the transmission of skin pathogens between humans and animals in areas of high disease burden.



Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Infection & Immunity



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, 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

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Department

Microbiology and Immunology

Research Node

Doherty Institute

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