We are a multidisciplinary team of microbiologists, biochemists and bioinformaticians working together with the aim to combat antimicrobial resistance.
Assoc. Prof. Rietie Venter
My research passion is to understand antimicrobial resistance and to use this knowledge as a basis for antimicrobial drug discovery. I obtained my BSc(Hons) and Master’s degrees with distinction from the University of the Free State in South Africa before securing a scholarship to do a PhD in the UK. After completing my PhD at the University of Leeds, I moved to Cambridge, where I spent twelve years doing research on multidrug transporters, first as a post-doc and later running my own research group as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the University of Cambridge. I joined the University of South Australia as Head of Microbiology in December 2012 where I am leading an internationally acclaimed research group on Antimicrobial Resistance.
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Dr. Steven Polyak
Protein biochemist working on Efflux Pump Inhibitors
Email me: Steven.Polyak@unisa.edu.au
Dr. Sylvia Sapula
Molecular Microbiologist and Protein Biochemist. Working on understanding the development and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in residential aged care facilities.
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Mr Jon Whittall
Man for every job
Email me: Jon.Whittall@unisa.edu.au
BSc in Medical Laboratory Technology and Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology. Lecturer and researcher at University of Gondar, Ethiopia. PhD student at University of South Australia since 2018. Research project: Surveillance and characterization of antimicrobial resistance in Gram-negative bacteria from clinical and environmental settings. Antimicrobial resistance is the biggest challenge facing healthcare today. Without urgent action, we stand in danger of entering a post-antibiotic era, where medicine as it is practiced today would no longer be possible. My research is aimed at understanding how resistance is acquired and is disseminated through healthcare as well as the environment. A particular focus is carbapenem resistant Gram-negative bacteria which are on the World Health Organization’s list of critically important pathogens.
MALDI-TOF MS wizard. Working on the development and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in Residential Aged Care Facilities.
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Working on Antimicrobial Resistant Klebsiella spp. Social secretary of our group.
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Working on Antimicrobial Resistant Gram-positive pathogens
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Working on Metallo beta-Lactamases from Chryseobacterium indologenes.
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and Microbial Artist
Email me: Hong.Nguyen@unisa.edu.au
Working on Efflux Pump Inhibitors
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Zifang Xiang (Owen)
Determination of the role of drug efflux pumps in cross-resistance between antibiotics and biocides and other phenotypic behaviors in Klebsiella pneumoniae.
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Determining the role of bacterial antibiotic efflux pumps in biofilm formation and pathogenesis and how efflux pump inhibitors can act as anti-virulence agents.
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Hanbiao Chen (Winston)
Workin on polypharmacy as an instigating factor in antimicrobial resistance and the role of drug efflux pumps in this phenomenon.
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Bioinformatician and part-time lab rat.
Email me: Brad.Hart@unisa.edu.au
Dr Chai Wern Chern (Brian)
Former PhD student. Currently a lecturer in Pharmacy at UniSA
Just passed his PhD with flying colours.