Heavy metal resistance in E. coli isolated from pigs

This project will explore resistance to heavy metals in an Australia-wide collection of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli) isolated from pigs.

Veterinary School microscope

Zinc and other heavy metals such as copper are often used as an alternative to treating post-weaning diarrhoea in pigs.

Resistance to multiple antimicrobials is often a feature of Australian isolates of porcine ETEC and this project will explore evidence for co-selection of both heavy metal and antibiotic resistance on multidrug-resistance-encoding plasmids.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to apply for a Pork CRC or APL Honours scholarship. This project will be located at the School of Biological Sciences in the Molecular Life Science building, North Terrace campus.

Professor Darren Trott


Professor Darren Trott

Co-supervisor: Dr Sam Abraham - Murdoch University

Research area: Pathobiology, infectious disease and public health; antimicrobial resistance in human and veterinary pathogens; Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology (ACARE).

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Animal Science

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