Rhys Dunstan


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Personal profile


I completed my PhD studies with Prof. Trevor Lithgow in 2016 within the Microbiology department at Monash University. My work focused on understanding how multimeric membrane proteins, such as secretins and other secretion pores, are assembled into the bacterial outer membrane. As part of my postdoctoral training I visited the laboratory of Prof. Gordon Dougan at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge. There I was introduced to the wonderful world of phage biology and utilised a combination of next generation sequencing techniques to characterise novel bacteriophages isolated from the environment. Back at Monash I am particularly interested is characterising the interactions of these phages with their bacterial hosts, including Salmonella (a food-borne cause of poisoning) and Klebsiella (one of the most deadly superbugs prescribed by the US-CDC).

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

Research area keywords

  • Bacteriophages
  • Bacteria
  • Secretion Machines
  • Superbugs
  • AMR

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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