Environmental microbial genetics
Our laboratory research interests include three main areas within microbial genetics:
1. Processes and mechanism involved in horizontal gene transfer that contribute to the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
2. Microbiology and genetics of wastewater microorganisms that are both beneficial and detrimental to the process.
3. Bacteriophage therapy and biocontrol of problematic bacteria in the environmental and clinical settings.
- Epidemiological studies on Tn5053-family transposons in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Understanding the mechanism of transposition of the Tn5053-family transposons
- Evolutionary relationships of conjugative plasmids that give rise to antibiotic resistance
- Whole genome sequencing of bacteria and bacteriophages in wastewater treatment plants
- Bacteriophage biocontrol of problematic bacteria in wastewater treatment plants
- Population dynamics of bacteriophages and bacteria in wastewater treatment plants
- Development of pharmaceutical products containing bacteriophages for therapy
- Development of bacteriophage sensors
Research leader: Dr Steve Petrovski
Postdoc: Dr Steven Batinovic
PhD students: Vaheesan Rajabal, Daniel Rice, Aurelie Tsee Woon Yuen, Cassandra Stanton
Honours student: Jayson Rose