Exploring the interactions between Salmonella and Campylobacter species
The aim of this honours project is to characterise both intra- and intercellular interactions between Salmonella and Campylobacter.
Infection with Campylobacter and Salmonella species are the top to causes of bacterial-related, foodborne gastrointestinal disease. Both bacterial species are commonly found in the farm environment. It is not known, however, how these to bacterial species interact in a co-infection.
Key methodology: Isolation and culture of primary cell lines, transfection of bacteria with fluorescent plasmid, fluorescent microscopy, lymphocyte proliferation assays.
Study pathobiology, infectious disease and public health
Our research is focused on understanding the behaviour of Salmonella and Campylobacter species in the poultry (layer and broiler) farm environment and how these bacteria are able to persist in the food chain.
Another aspect of our work is to understand virulence aspects of both Salmonella and Campylobacter which contribute to human disease.