Research areas

  • bacteria, bacterial evolution, membrane biochemistry, mitochondrial biology, protein transport

Biography

Uncovering clues to new disease control strategies Discoveries on ways to visualize the molecular machines that bacteria use to build their surface structure lays the foundation for helping scientists to develop new ways to fight disease.

New imaging technologies at Monash University mean that these machines can be seen in unprecedented detail, with this level of scrutiny highlighting their weak-points too.

Having defined the general principles of how the bacterial surface structures tease and then invade human cells, the Lithgow lab is now working towards an understanding of the weaknesses in this process.

"This matters if we are to become creative enough to design new ways to prevent the increasing numbers of bacterial infections that are resistant to off-the-shelf antibiotics."

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