Entry for:Queensland Women in STEM Prize 2017
1. Please provide a short summary of your research, project or technology.
I am an academic researcher investigating proteins produced by bacteria that cause disease. I identify weak spots on the bacterial protein that can be targeted with chemicals (drugs) to block the disease. This process generates potential new antimicrobial medicines. New antimicrobials are urgently needed to treat drug-resistant superbugs, and inherently difficult to treat infections like melioidosis. Melioidosis is a tropical bacterial disease endemic in far North Queensland, the Torres Strait Islands and Northern Territory. There is no vaccine. Even with 3 months IV and oral antibiotic treatment, ~14% of Australian patients die and 6% have recurring infection. New drugs that offer shorter, more effective treatments will improve patient care and outcomes in Queensland and build resilience against antibiotic resistance.
I am passionate about One Health approaches to combatting antimicrobial resistance, supporting the professional development of early career researchers across Australia and solving real life problems in the health sector.
2. Additional Details
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