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Dr Christopher Rodrigues

Job Title
Associate Professor
Department
Life Sciences
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Research Interests

Research in the Rodrigues lab is focused on understanding how bacteria develop into one of the toughest cell types on Earth - Spores. Spores are dormant, highly-resistant cells that allow bacteria to survive starvation stress and persist in the environment. Spores are inert to antibiotics and resist common sterilisation methods that kill actively growing bacteria. In the right conditions, spores germinate and generate new populations of bacteria. Some spore-forming bacteria cause recurrent disease in humans, animals and insects, and contaminate food sources. The Rodrigues lab is interested in the molecular processes that underlie the process of how bacteria develop into spores, with the goal of providing knowledge that can fuel the development of new strategies aimed at interfering with this process and propel new technologies that utilize spores. Currently, our research examines these processes in the model bacterium Bacillus subtilis and we will soon be launching projects exploring the sporulation biology of other spore-forming bacteria.

Biography

Postdoc - Harvard Medical School (2011-2017)

PhD - University of Technology Sydney (2007- 2011)

BSc with Honours - University of Minho / University of Amsterdam (2002-2006)

Professional Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology

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