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Project: Defining how antibiotic use leads to the emergence of untreatable hospital superbugs

Howden Group

This project will define how antibiotic use drives the emergence of untreatable hospital superbugs that are resistance to last line antimicrobial agents. It will involve a combination of techniques including in silico analyses of large genomic datasets, computational modelling, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, molecular microbiology techniques and murine models of infectious disease.

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Project Supervisor

Dr Glen Carter

Project Co-supervisor

Professor Benjamin Howden

Project availability

Howden Group

danielle.ingle@unimelb.edu.au

3 vacancies

Themes
Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections
Host Pathogens Interactions
Cross Cutting Disciplines
Epidemiology
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.