Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP170103962 [ 2017 - 2023 ]

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Researchers A/Prof Scott Beatson; Prof Mark Schembri

Brief description This project aims to understand the effect of DNA modification on gene regulation in the bacterial organism Escherichia coli, which causes urinary tract infection worldwide. High-throughput DNA sequencing technologies mean one can determine the entire genetic blueprint of a bacterium – its genome – accurately, quickly and cheaply. Single-molecule real-time sequencing provides a complete read-out of a bacterial genome (genetic data) and chemical modifications of the DNA (epigenetic data). Epigenetic data can affect regulation: how genes are switched off and on. This project seeks to harness the power of single-molecule DNA sequencing, together with state-of-the-art genomic and molecular approaches, to better understand the impact of DNA modification on gene regulation in the model bacterial organism, Escherichia coli. This work will support advanced training in bioinformatics and microbiology and improve our understanding of regulation in all bacteria.

Funding Amount $626,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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