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Characterization of human microbiota diversity across the Australian community

Description 
The microbial communities associated with every surface of our bodies are incredibly diverse, yet we know practically nothing about the majority of species that comprise them. Within the gastrointestinal tract, one of the most well studied sites, we estimate there are between 100 and 2000 species and numerous genetically distinct isolates. This project will collect samples from urban, rural and traditional indigenous communities across Australia to characterise the commensal bacterial genomic diversity across the Australian community. Understanding the diversity and distribution of bacterial species will provide important knowledge and insights into how these species and strains spread between individuals and contribute to health.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here: https://www.monash.edu/admissions/entry-requirements/minimum
Keywords 
microbiota, microbiology, metagenome, skin microbiota, gut microbiota, gastrointestinal microbiota, genomics, microbial genetics, computational biology, bioinformatics
School 
School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health / Hudson Institute of Medical Research » Molecular and Translational Sciences
Available options 
PhD/Doctorate
Honours
BMedSc(Hons)
Time commitment 
Full-time
Top-up scholarship funding available 
No
Physical location 
Monash Health Translation Precinct (Monash Medical Centre)
Co-supervisors 
Dr 
Emily Gulliver
Dr 
Vanessa Marcelino

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