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2021 Laureate Profile: Professor Dena Lyras

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Professor Dena Lyras

Administering Organisation: Monash University 

Fellowship project summary

FL210100258: Understanding how bacteria adapt and function in the complex gut ecosystem. 

This project aims to investigate the role of the gut ecosystem in defining the structure and function of microbes. Given that one of the current challenges in microbiology is our inability to study individual microbes directly from complex, multi-microbial niches, this project aims to develop multidisciplinary methods to study microbes in their native state, to understand how they adapt to live in the gut. This understanding should provide fundamental insights into adaptation mechanisms that lead to bacterial proliferation, disease and antibiotic resistance. As well as enhancing interdisciplinary collaborations, this work should provide economic benefits by contributing to improved gut health of animals, and more efficient food production.

Australian Research Council funding: $ 3,331,707

Find out more about Professor Lyras and their research areas of interest to date by visiting their profile page on Monash University's website

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page.

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