Rhys Grinter


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Dr Rhys Grinter runs the Molecular Physiology of Microbial Pathogens (MP2) Lab in the Department of Microbiology at Monash University. He completed an honours degree in Biotechnology at Flinders University and received his PhD from the University of Glasgow. In 2015, he obtained a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship and returned from the UK to Australia, to work on iron uptake by bacterial pathogens at Monash University. In 2021, he founded his lab and was awarded an NHMRC Investigator Grant to continue his work on iron piracy by bacterial pathogens. In addition to this work, he performs ARC-funded research into the structure and function of bacterial enzymes that oxidise atmospheric trace gases and discovering novel antibiotics to combat the antibiotic resistance crisis. The Grinter lab utilises current and emerging technologies to understand how microbes work. It harnesses this understanding to prevent disease and to develop enzymes and natural products as tools for biotechnology. It utilises diverse techniques across genomics, bioinformatics, molecular microbiology, biochemistry, and structural biology.

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
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

External positions

Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

1 Mar 20151 Mar 2019

Research area keywords

  • Bacteriology
  • X-Ray Crystallography
  • Membrane biochemistry
  • Protein Trafficking
  • Protein Biophysics
  • Protein structure
  • Iron Acquisition


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