The ithree institute at the University of Technology Sydney is a growing centre for excellence in research into mitigating the negative impacts of microbes on human and animal health. We focus on tackling the complex and urgent global health and food security threats associated with the spread of antimicrobial resistance in our environment.
Microbes without borders
Microbes move between people, animals and the environment, where they have significant impacts on health and disease. We are studying how various microbial traits such as virulence and antibiotic resistance move through populations and how this affects human health. We also aim to identify better ways to rapidly detect and control emerging and persisting infectious diseases within our environment.
Stealth pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms that evade a host’s immune response and remain undetected. We are investigating how they change their shape and behaviour in response to this local environment.
Microbes almost always live in communities and these communities have emergent properties that influence human, animal and plant health. Our studies examine how the microbial community functions in their natural environments (e.g. the human body). This knowledge will aid treatment of complex diseases that cannot be addressed by targeting individual microbes.