The oral microbiome in health and disease

Research Opportunity
Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
2
Number of Master Places Available
1
Department
Melbourne Dental School
Location
Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Catherine Butler cbutler@unimelb.edu.au
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Samantha Byrne sbyrne@unimelb.edu.au
Prof Stuart Dashper stuartgd@unimelb.edu.au

Summary In this project you will determine the oral microbiome in health compared with that in disease states and identify those bacteria associated with disease.

Project Details

The human oral cavity is home to over 700 species of bacteria, many of these species are beneficial to our health whilst others are associated with the development of chronic diseases. During disease initiation there is a shift in the composition of the microbiome that leads to the development of a dysbiotic biofilm community that sustains disease progression. In this project you will determine the oral microbiome in health compared with that in disease states and identify those bacteria associated with disease. Ultimately we would like to identify microbial biomarkers that can be used as predictors of health or disease.



Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Oral Infection and Immunity, Population and Oral Health



Research Opportunities

Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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

Melbourne Dental School

Research Node

Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne

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