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Training a new generation of multi-skilled researchers based on the Centre’s broad range of advanced technologies is a key objective of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Structural & Functional Microbial Genomics. The Centre strives to foster a highly integrated, team-oriented and multidisciplinary approach to research problems.  


Following is a list of past and present Centre PhD students and their theses' topics:

Md Abdullah Al-Mamun
Selecting superior production animals through microbiome characterization: Interactions between Haemonchus contortus and the gut microbiome of sheep

Priya Alwis
Virulence mechanisms in melioidosis

Radhika Bantwal
TcpC and TcpG are an integral part of the pCW3 transfer complex in Clostridium perfringens

Simon Bushell
Adaptability and flexibility in natural tetratricopeptide repeat models

Tamaryn Cashmore
Biochemical mechanisms of mycobacterial cell wall synthesis

Andrew Clarke
Structural insights into the recognition of CD1d-restricted self antigens by the natural killer T cell antigen receptor

Tanya D’Cruze
Characterising putative effector proteins of Burkholderia pseudomallei

Sadia Sultana Deen
A plant-based recombinant PlpE vaccine for fowl cholera

Deanna Deveson Lucas
The bovine immune response to Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar Hardjo

Tim Fitzsimons
Structure and function of bacterial type six secretion systems

Sam Forster
Whole transcriptome analysis of the innate immune response

Xiaoyan Han
Fimbrial biogenesis in Dichelobacter nodosus

Tamas Hatfaludi
Membrane proteins of Pasteurella multocida: roles in immunity and disease

Gavin Higgins
Diverse modes of cell death involving oxidative stress and mitochondria in primary cortical neurons

Kirsty Horan
Regulation of phagocytosis and phagosome maturation by the 72 kDa 5-Phosphatase

Christopher Hosking
Engineering local antibody probes to identify vaccines and therapeutic targets in the blood fluke, Schistosoma japonicum

Benjamin Howden
Vancomycin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus

Anthony Keyburn
The role of Clostridium perfringens toxins in the pathogenesis of avian necrotic enteritis

Jing Khoo
The role of Mitochondrial Ubiquitin Ligase 1 (Mul1) in the regulation of rig-i-like receptor (RLR) mediated inflammatory and antiviral response

Amy King
The characterisation of putative virulence determinants of Leptospira interrogans

Shu-lin (Alicia) Lai
Autophagy and infection of mammalian by B. pseudomallei

Natalie Lazar-Adler
The molecular basis of pathogenesis of meliodosis

David Lea-Smith
Study of cell wall synthetic enzymes of Mycobacteria

Khalid Mahmood
Computational algorithms for comparative genomics

Zara Marland
A structural investigation into Mycobacterial cell wall biosynthesis proteins

Hamish McWilliam
Schistosome vaccine development using the local immune response

Dalibor Mijaljica
Autophagic degradation of organelles in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae: investigating the requirement of autophagy-related genes

Shoeib Moradi
An investigation into natural killer cell receptor recognition

Melanie Neeland
Lymphatic immune responses to novel vaccine and adjuvant formulations

Heling Ng
Mitochondrial gateway to cell death: characterisation of redistribution of mitochondrial proteins during apoptosis

Jennifer Parsons
The role of the TcpA and TcpB proteins in conjugation in Clostridium perfringens

Amanda Peers-Adams
Innate immune correlates of resistance against gastrointestinal parasites of sheep

Rebecca Piganis
Characterisation of suppressor of cytokine signalling 1 regulation of Type I interferon signalling

Sarah Prescott
Identification and modulation of cells and mediators up-regulated in parasite resistant sheep

Arek Rainczuk
Identification and characterisation of genes involved in biosynthesis of the corynebacterium bacterial cell wall

Megan Rees
Protein complexes formed in macrophages during infection by Mycobacteriacea organisms

Carlos Rosado
Rosella – A fluorescent reporter of autophagic processes

Dhanasekaran Sakthivel
The role of parasite proteases of Haemonchus contortus in infection and disease

Adam Shahine
Structure-function investigation of mycolic acid biosynthesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Scott Sheedy
Development of a live bacterial vector to deliver prophylactic proteins to chickens

David Sheffield
The role of a novel lipid phosphatase in macrophage phagocytosis, cellular trafficking and infection

Jason Steen
Characterisation of genes required for colonisation of Pasteurella multocida in the natural host

Thomas Stent
Plasmid determined virulence genes in necrotic enteritis strains of Clostridium perfringens

Sarah Teng
Functional biology of the pCW3-encoded conjugation proteins TcpF and TcpH

Preveena Thirunavukkarasu
Natural killer T cell recognition of lipid-based antigens

June Treerat
Type III secretion system and pathogenicity of Burkholderia pseudomallei

Md Shakif Ul-Azam
Gene analysis of mediators up-regulated in parasite resistant sheep

Ben Wade
Virulence factors in necrotic enteritis strains of Clostridium perfringens

Nicholas Walpole
Structural investigation of human class Ib Major Histocompatibility Complex molecules in innate and adaptive immunity

Lakmini Weeramantri
Role of conjugative plasmids of Clostridium perfringens in toxin production and virulence

Jessica Wisniewski
The role of tcp genes in conjugative transfer of the clostridial plasmid pCW3

Timothy Witchell
Pathogenesis and immunity in swine dysentery

Wilson Wong
The structural and biochemical basis for host tissue destruction mediated by subtilisin-like proteases from the ovine footrot pathogen, Dichelobactor nodosus

Kwok Soon Wun
Structural insights into the Natural Killer T-cell receptor specificity and CD1d-glycolipid recognition

Xu-xia Yan
Functional genetics and biology of NetB toxin from Clostridium perfringens

Kunkun Zhang
Proteomics analysis of outer membrane proteins of Leptospira interrogans

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