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Staphylococcus aureus & lifestyle variations

We’re conducting biomedical research into Staphylococcus aureus (Golden staph) and invite interested honours students to become involved.

Stephen Kidd Staph

Figure 1

We have a set of clinical isolates of S. aureus collected from various disease outcomes and our initial studies have generated data that shows there are significant lifestyle variations (biofilm, colony-type or pigment production, see Figure 1) between these isolates when assaulted with stresses relevant to the host-pathogen environment. 

These are specific to particular isolates. Our current work aims to elucidate the molecular basis for these switches in lifestyle under environmental stress that are specific to these isolates and how this relates to disease outcome.

Dr Stephen Kidd


Dr Stephen Kidd

Research area: Research Centre for Infectious Diseases (RCID) | Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology (ACARE)

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Molecular and Biomedical Science

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