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Xenobiotic metabolism in Australian marsupials

To investigate the dietary effect of eucalyptus terpenes on drug metabolising enzyme CYPs and UGTs in Australian marsupials.

Lab equipment

While most animals tend to select food low in potentially toxic chemicals, several Australian marsupials rely on eucalyptus leaves as a major or only food source.

In order to ingest and absorb such large quantities of toxic plant secondary metabolites in these leaves, specialist eucalyptus feeders such as the koala must have evolved highly specialised detoxification mechanism involved several liver enzyme systems.

The findings will contribute to the knowledge of the metabolic capacity of Australian marsupials, especially at the molecular level that is limited at present.

Key methodology: Enzymatic assay, gene cloning (RT-PCR, RACE), immune-blot, cell culture work 


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Tagged in Honours projects - Animal science, Honours projects - Ecology and environmental science, Honours projects - Suong Ngo, Honours in Animal Science subtheme - Pathobiology infectious disease and public health

STEM Careers Night: On-campus and online

Whether you're still at high school or planning to join us mid-year, taking a break from study or rethinking your career path, come chat with us at our STEM Careers Night.

You and your parents are invited to join us on campus on Tuesday 18 May to see what’s available in the world of STEM.

STEM Careers Night