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Research Projects

Project: Population genetic methods for modelling bacterial pathogen evolution

Davies Group

Bacterial disease is a major global economic burden fuelled by the ability of bacteria to become resistant to drugs and vaccines. Bacteria have such capacity because they can rapidly alter their genetic material. This project aims to create sophisticated statistical and computational techniques to analyse large genomic databases to study how harmful bacteria evolve. This project will provide in-depth understanding of this process, which will aid in devising affordable, long-term solutions to prevent bacterial diseases.

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Project Supervisor

Dr Mark Davies

Project Co-supervisor

Dr Gerry Tonkin

Project availability
Master of Biomedical Science

Davies Group

4 vacancies

Antimicrobial Resistance
Bacterial and Parasitic Infections
Cross Cutting Disciplines
Discovery Research
Computational Science and Genomics
Global Health
Indigenous Health
Public Health

The Davies group aims to apply genome sequencing methodologies and bioinformatics approaches to understand the evolution and transmission of bacterial pathogens. This knowledge can help facilitate a global understanding of pathogen evolution, in addition to informing public health interventions to reduce the disease burden associated with bacterial pathogens. A particular focus of our group is understanding disease processes within regions where disease burden is the highest.

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