Viruses of bacteria (bacteriophages) often survive in nature by infecting their host and integrating their DNA into that of the bacterial host. Many bacteria have been isolated from the cattle rumen and their complete genome sequenced, however very few viruses infecting these bacteria (bacteriophages) have been characterised using modern genomics. This project aims to discover new bacteriophages by interrogating bacterial genomes using bioinformatics and further characterise these bacteriophages using virus-typing techniques such as electron microscopy. This project would suit applicants with an interest in bioinformatics and computers, and will provide experience working in a government-based laboratory.

Location: Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park (DAF Queensland)

Supervisors: Associate Professor Athol Klieve

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Project start subject to: inductions and entering a student agreement (DAF Queensland requirement)

 

Project members

Associate Professor Athol Klieve

Associate Professor
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences