Why did you choose Hudson Institute and your research group?
I completed my honours year in 2018 in the Microbiota and Systems Biology laboratory because I have a strong interest in the microbiome and its relationship to disease processes such as inflammatory bowel disease. After my honours year, I found that I loved my research and lab group and decided to stay on and continue my research into a PhD.
What is your research about and what do you hope to achieve?
The aim of my research is to explore the relationship between the microbiota and paediatric inflammatory bowel disease (PIBD), by characterising the mucosal-associated microbiota related to different disease phenotypes. Currently, there are multiple therapeutic options available for managing the disease, however, nothing is universally effective and most treatment options are associated with significant side-effects and potential complications. Therefore, my research aims to identify bacterial isolates or microbial communities associated with states of inflammation that can be therapeutically targeted, or alternatively, health associated bacteria that may be used as bacteriotherapy for effectively managing the disease.
What is it like being a student at Hudson Institute?
Hudson Institute and the Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases (CiiiD) is an amazing place to be a student. The collaborative work environment means that there are always opportunities to learn from the people around you. The close connection with Monash Health also means that there is great scope for working with both senior scientists along with clinicians.