The Univeristy of Melbourne The Royal Melbourne Hopspital

A joint venture between The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital


Research Projects

Project: Improving responses to antimicrobial-resistant Niesseria gonorrohoea with the use of genomics and novel infection modelling

Pasricha Group

The incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as Neisseria gonorrhoeae is rising in both developed and developing regions of the world. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) compromises current STI diagnostic and treatment strategies and as such, there is a need for new approaches to combat AMR STIs. In this project, we will apply metagenomic approaches to the rapid detection of AMR directly from clinical specimens, using a combination of both short and long-read sequencing. These strains will also be characterised in a novel cell culture model. Together, the findings of this project may contribute to understanding host-pathogen interactions of Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Diagnostic approaches employed will improve responses to STIs, aiding in the prevention of AMR development and spread, and improving patient outcomes.

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Project Supervisor

Dr Shivani Pasricha

Project Co-supervisor

Dr Georgina Pollock

Dr Soo Jen Low

Project availability
Master of Biomedical Science

Pasricha Group

1 vacancies

Cross Cutting Disciplines

Our current research is focussed on employing novel approaches to the detection, prevention and control of sexually transmitted pathogens.

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