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Jhih-Hang is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Department of Microbiology, Monash University. He is a molecular microbiologist with specific interests in human bacterial pathogens. He joined Prof Anton Peleg’s laboratory since 2013. Dr Jiang leads the Translational Staphylococcal Research Program. His research focuses on the interface between antibiotic resistance and bacterial pathogenesis in Staphylococcus aureus and Coagulase-negative staphylococci. Using these findings, he aims to develop innovative therapeutic strategies to treat multi-drug resistant S. aureus infections. Jhih-Hang has a wealth of expertise in the biochemical, lipidomic and genetic manipulation approaches, as well as the in vivo models.

Research interests

S. aureus can cause serious infection of almost any human tissue and mortality from treated infections is up to 35 percent. It is estimated that around 7000 cases of S. aureus blood stream infections occur in Australia each year, and about 25 percent are caused by methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). Without the ability to use the antibiotic methicillin, treatment of MRSA infection increasingly relies on last-line antibiotics. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed MRSA as a ‘high-priority’ pathogen that urgently requires the development of new antimicrobial agents. Daptomycin is one of the last-line antibiotics to treat MRSA infections but daptomycin resistance is emerging. Infections caused by daptomycin-resistant S. aureus are often complicated, with disseminated foci and persistent infection in humans. Our team investigate how S. aureus utilizes a stealth strategy during mammalian infection that includes evasion of antimicrobial action and host immune attack.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Microbiology and Immunology, Doctor of Philosophy, Neisserial pathogenesis: key factors in disease, University of Melbourne

2 Mar 200929 Nov 2012

Award Date: 22 Mar 2013

Master of Science, National Yang-Ming University


Award Date: 11 Jun 2007

Bachelor of Science, National Yang-Ming University


Award Date: 10 Jun 2005

Research area keywords

  • antibiotic resistance
  • S. aureus
  • methicillin-resistant S. aureus
  • bacterial pathogenesis
  • Biochemistry, Lipids
  • Biochemistry, Proteins
  • Infectious Diseases/Agents
  • toxins
  • cell death
  • Biology
  • Coagulase-negative staphylococci

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