Epigenetic control of host-microbe interactions
- Research Opportunity
- Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
- Number of Honour Places Available
- Number of Master Places Available
- Melbourne Dental School
- Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne,Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute
|A/Prof Glen Scholzfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Jacqui Heath|
Summary In this project, you will use cell culture systems to investigate how different bacteria affect the immune functions of epithelial cells by producing metabolic products that disrupt epigenetic regulatory mechanisms.
Epigenetic mechanisms play imporant roles in regulating the functions of immune cells. It has recently emerged that specific metabolites produced by bacteria can effect these epigenetic regulatory mechanims, and thus may influence suspectibility to infection. Epithelial cells covering the external surfaces of the body (e.g. skin & oral cavity) also have important immune functions; for example, producing anti-microbial proteins and inflammatory cytokines. We have established that the immune functions of oral epithelial cells are regulated by epigenetic mechanisms, and modified by bacterial metabolites. In this project, you will use cell culture systems to investigate how different bacteria affect the immune functions of epithelial cells by producing metabolic products. This project will provide important new insight into how changes in the types of bacteria colonising surface epithelia might promote disease by disrupting epigenetic regulatory mechanisms. The project will provide students with opportunities to develop skills in mammalian & bacterial cell culture, manipulating gene expression, cell signalling & transcriptional regulation, cytokine analysis, immunofluorescence confocal microscopy, critical thinking & time management, scientific writing & oral communication.
Faculty Research Themes
School Research Themes
Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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Research NodeRoyal Dental Hospital Melbourne,Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute
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