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

Discovering how honey works to kill bacteria - ithree institute

Before antibiotics were discovered, honey was commonly used as a medicine and has been especially popular in treating wounds and skin infections due to its antimicrobial activity. Given the alarming problem of antibiotic resistance, there is renewed interest in the antimicrobial properties of honey. Manuka honey is a particularly potent antimicrobial agent, has broad-spectrum activity and, unlike antibiotics, has not led to bacterial resistance. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to craft the direction of their research around our two main projects: investigation of the mechanism(s) of action by which manuka honey kills bacteria without them gaining resistance and/or Investigating the antibacterial activity of the 80+ species of Australian manuka-type honeys, and comparing them with the activity of well-characterised New Zealand manuka honey. Through this project, the candidate will gain skills in bacteriology, antibacterial assays, molecular biology (transcriptomics and genomics), bioinformatics and microscopy. 

Supervisor: Prof Liz Harry

Send your CV and a ½ page expression of interest to liz.harry@uts.edu.au

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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Prof Liz Harry