Given the large diversity of microorganisms in the marine environment, it is likely that they harbour novel antibiotics. We explore this through a combined approach of culturing new microorganisms, high-throughput screening and functional genomic analysis of microbial communities. Novel bioactives can be used in a wide range of industrial, medical and agricultural applications. 

This research and the discovery of new therapies is particularly important in light of the prevalence of antibiotic resistance among pathogenic bacteria that cause substantial concerns within the public health system.  


Associate Professor | Postgraduate Coordinator Suhelen Egan
Associate Professor | Postgraduate Coordinator
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Antibiotic resistance in the marine environment

This project uses microbiological approaches to discover new genes for antibiotic resistance. Find out more.

Priming fish with microbial communities to enhance health and digestibility

We investigate aquaculture, looking at how healthy microbia develop in commercial aquaculture species and the strategies needed to promote these microbes.

Improving technologies for inland aquaculture in Papua New Guinea

This project provides support and training for PNG farming communities, helping them to increase protein consumption through fish farming.