The BAM in bugs - understanding bacteria using a chemical biology toolbox. (SEARCEY_U17DTP)

Lead Research Organisation: University of East Anglia
Department Name: Graduate Office

Abstract

Antimicrobial resistance remains a frightening prospect. It has been suggested that, should we fail to find new ways to kill bacteria, we will return to the days when a routine operation could prove fatal. We need to understand how bacteria function. This research project is an exciting approach to the study of the fundamental biology of Gram negative bacteria using a combination of synthetic chemistry, structural biology and microbiology. These bacteria have to display proteins (called outer membrane proteins) on their surface and to do this they use a molecular machine known as the BAM complex. Research from Professor Chiangjang Dong at UEA has led the world in understanding the BAM complex through the use of crystallography. In collaboration with Professor Mark Searcey, we will now design and synthesise peptides and small molecules that will allow us to manipulate this complex and to understand how it functions and how it could potentially become a target for the design of new antimicrobial agents. The project will require skills in synthetic organic chemistry, peptide and small molecule synthesis and an interest in developing skills in crystallography and microbiology.

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
BB/M011216/1 01/10/2015 30/09/2023
1937452 Studentship BB/M011216/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021 Christopher Ian Marriott