Project: Improving responses to antimicrobial-resistant sexually-transmitted infections using genomics
The incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is rising in both developed and developing regions. 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 in Neisseria gonorrhoeae directly from clinical specimens, using a combination of both short and long-read sequencing. These diagnostic approaches will improve responses to AMR STIs, aiding in the prevention of AMR development and spread, and improving patient outcomes.
The Williamson group was established within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne with a focus on the science of applied microbial genomics to public health microbiology. Their research interests include the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of infections caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens, particularly sexually-transmitted infections, and the translation of genomic technologies to questions of public health importance.