QUT researchers have recently sequenced the genomes of a selection of clonal P. aeruginosa strains that are know to cause severe hospital-acquired infections in the United Kingdom and Australia.
The phylogenetic relationship between these strains and other global, clinical P. aeruginosa strains is unclear.
You will have the opportunity to use a wide range of bioinformatics tools to interrogate the genomes of the clonal P. aeruginosa strains and establish their phylogenetic relationship with known environmental, community and clinical strains.
The aim of the project is to understand the genetic relationships between virulent, clinical P. aeruginosa strains in the QUT collection and all other P. aeruginosa strains for which genomic DNA sequence information is available.
Skills and experience
To be considered for this project, you should have knowledge in the following scientific fields and strong practical skills would be well regarded:
- bacterial genetics
- molecular biology.
You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.
Contact Mark Harrison for more information.