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Project: Development of novel proteomic tools to explore Burkholderia pathogenesis

Scott group

Multiple bacterial pathogens escape detection and removal by the host immune system by hiding within cells. Understanding how bacteria create hospitable intracellular environments is critical for developing approaches to help prevent infections in immunocompromised individuals, and advancing new therapies to purge these infections from cells. Within this project, we aim to explore new state-of-the-art approaches to track and quantify proteomic changes at the intracellular host pathogen interface. Utilising recent innovations in protein labelling, redox probes and mass spectrometry, both the host and bacterial factors, which contribute to intracellular replication, will be identified. By applying these tools, we will gain valuable insight into how Burkholderia cenocepacia (a serious opportunistic infection of CF suffers) survives within human macrophages leading to a deeper understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of Burkholderia.

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Project Supervisor

Dr Nichollas Scott

Project availability
PhD/MPhil
Master of Biomedical Science
Honours

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2 vacancies

Themes
Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections
Host Pathogens Interactions
Cross Cutting Disciplines
Discovery Research

The Scott group focuses on understanding microbial mediate protein glycosylation and microbial pathogenesis. Glycosylation is a post-translational modification, which allows pathogens to radically alter the function of proteins both within microbes and the host cells they infect. Within a range of pathogens such as malaria, salmonella and Burkholderia cenocepacia, protein glycosylation can be used for both defensive and offensive processes. Using mass spectrometry-based approaches, the Scott group seeks to develop methodologies to identify and track microbial glycosylation events and investigate how microbes subvert host proteomes leading to disease.


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