Location University of Technology Sydney, ithree Institute
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

How bacteria build a spore - ithree institute

Bacterial spores are the hardiest cell type on earth and allow bacteria to persist in the environment when nutritional conditions are no longer favourable for growth. Spores are also resistant to antibiotics and common sterilization methods that kill most bacteria. Importantly, the spores of pathogenic bacteria constitute a significant health threat in hospital settings, as they are often the source of new and recurring infections. Thus a better understanding of the molecular underpinnings of spore development can provide valuable insights into new strategies aimed at interfering with this process.

Spore development involves dramatic remodelling of the outermost layers of the two cells required to generate the spore. The candidate will characterize new genes required for this remodelling using Bacillus subtilis, a model spore-forming bacteria The candidate will have the opportunity to gain expertise in sophisticated molecular biology, genetic and cell biology techniques, as well as develop a deep understanding of the molecular biology and genetics of bacteria.

Supervisor: Dr Chris Rodrigues 

Send your CV and a ½ page expression of interest to christopher.d.a.rodrigues@gmail.com

Applicants must be able to commence PhD studies by July, 2017. 

This role is within the ithree institute in the Faculty of Science, one of the largest faculties at UTS, which is Australia’s top ranked young university, with a particular focus on research translation. The ithree institute brings together a team of scientists with diverse skill sets who collectively address key challenges in the understanding and control of infectious diseases in humans and animals.

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Dr Chris Rodrigues