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Project: Application of microbial genomics in public health

Howden Group

Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics and the MDU PHL have recently commenced a large National Health and Medical Research Council funded Partnership Project with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, to investigate the role of microbial genomics in the surveillance and control of communicable diseases across four themes (antimicrobial resistance, sexually-transmitted infections, foodborne diseases and environmental pathogens). The program is underpinned by excellence in public health microbiology, and a large, well-established and internationally recognised bioinformatics team, together with a strong and productive relationship with the Health Protection Branch of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. The project is looking for highly motivated students with excellent track records to undertake a PhD in this area to contribute to a collaborative study, and the resulting implementation of this technology as an important tool in public health. These positions would be suitable for prospective students with experience in microbiology/molecular biology, epidemiology, bioinformatics/computer science and public health more broadly. Opportunities exist to examine the role of genomics across all themes outlined above. 

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Project Supervisor

Professor Benjamin Howden 

Project availability

Howden Group

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3 vacancies

Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections
Host Pathogens Interactions
Cross Cutting Disciplines
Global Health
Indigenous Health

Research Projects 2019 | 19 The Howden group is embedded in the state public health laboratory - the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL) - with expertise in pathogen genomics and antimicrobial resistance, including functional genomics technologies and models of disease. We complement these molecular biology studies with epidemiological and clinical studies to address a broad range of issues related to invasive bacterial diseases in humans, especially those caused by staphylococci, enterococci and other antimicrobial-resistant species (CPE). Working closely with scientists in the MDU PHL, we investigate the epidemiology, evolution and spread of bacterial pathogens of public health significance such as Neisseria gonorrhoea, Listeria monocytogenes, Legionella spp. and Salmonella spp. 

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