Members

 

Christopher Rodrigues
Principal Investigator

christopher.rodrigues@uts.edu.au

Background:

I am a Molecular Microbiologist interested in bacterial molecular biology and genetics. I did my PhD at the University of Technology Sydney (2007-2011) and my postdoc at the Harvard Medical School (2011-2017).

My current work:

Research in our lab is focused on understanding how bacteria develop into one of the toughest cell types on Earth - Spores. Spores are dormant, highly-resistant cells that allow bacteria to persist in the environment. Spores are inert to antibiotics and resist common sterilisation methods that kill actively growing bacteria. In the right conditions, spores germinate and generate new populations of bacteria. Many spore-forming bacteria cause life-threatening disease in humans and animals, and contaminate food sources. We are interested in the molecular processes that underlie the process of how bacteria develop into spores.

Ahmed Mohamed
PhD candidate

ahmed.m.mohamed@student.uts.edu.au

Background:

I was born and raised in the land of the Pharaohs, Egypt. After finishing my undergraduate degree there, I worked for while in industry. However, I have been always fascinated by scientific research and particularly the microscopic world of microbes. Therefore, I returned to academia where I gained experience in different labs in different countries. In Singapore, I worked on how Agrobacterium virulence proteins are trafficked within the host cell. Later in Egypt and the UK, I investigated the use of lytic bacteriophage as a potential antibacterial agent against multi-drug resistant bacteria.

My current work:

In September 2017, I joined the Rodrigues lab as a PhD candidate to study the most exciting aspect of bacterial development research, sporulation. My PhD thesis is primarily focused on the regulation of spore cell wall remodeling.

 

Johana Luhur
Honours student

JohanaTarsisia.Luhur-1@student.uts.edu.au

Background:

I come from Indonesia and I recently completed my Bachelor in Biomedical Science. Currently, I am doing my honours research project. I am a very curious about the microbial world and for this reason I really enjoy molecular microbiology research - there’s always something new to discover about the fascinating world of microbes. I also think research is fun and challenging at the same time.

My current work:

My honours project is focused on understanding the function of a sporulation gene required for spore size and shape. Bacterial cell size and shape is linked to the remodeling of the cell envelope during normal growth. My project is looking to understand if there is link between cell size and the cell envelope during spore formation.

 

Hayley Sherry
Undergraduate student

Hayley.Sherry@student.uts.edu.au

Background:

I have lived by the beach my whole life on the sunny Central Coast of NSW. I am currently set to complete my Bachelor of Advanced Science (Infection and Immunity) at the end of 2020. Throughout my degree, I have been enticed to pursue research as a career. I have developed this goal because I am excited to contribute new information into a world which is continuously searching for answers. During my studies, microbiology has piqued my interest. To unearth new molecular aspects of bacterial biology for translational purposes would be a dream.

My current work:

My undergraduate internship research project focuses on deciphering the function of uncharacterised sporulation genes.