Structural biology of proteins involved in infection

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Craig Morton
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Michael Parker Personal web page

Project Details

The b-barrel pore-forming toxins constitute the largest group of functionally related toxins/proteins and are expressed in many species in the prokaryotic and eukaryotic kingdoms and also include the membrane attack complex/perforin (MACPF) family of mammalian immune defence proteins. Despite their widespread occurrence and role in bacterial pathogenesis and immune defence, the detailed mechanism by which they form pores remains an enigma. The overall aim here is to visualise the 3D structures of family members as a basis for functional studies to reveal the molecular details of how these toxins insert into membranes to form b-barrel pores and how the process is regulated. The structures will shed light on one of the most fundamental biological events (namely, protein insertion into cell membranes) and also provide the basis for the design of novel tools with various biotechnology applications and the design of novel antibiotics.

This project is conducted in St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, Structural Biology Unit.




Research Publications

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, 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

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Structural biology unit

Research Node

St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research

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