Antibiotic Resistance and Mobile Elements Group (ARMEG)
ARMEG is a recently established group founded by the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Unit, School of Medicine (Liverpool Clinical School). Our laboratory is located within the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, a new purpose-built institute which serves as the centre of medical research in southwest Sydney.
Areas of Research
Strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
(MRSA) are a major cause of hospital-acquired infections around the world and are an emerging cause of infections in the wider community. In an attempt to address this global healthcare issue the laboratory's research program focuses predominantly on various aspects of this important human pathogen and current research areas include MRSA ST239 genome evolution (Liverpool Hospital). Research from this project was recently presented as a late-breaker poster
at the 51st
Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
Research from the Staphylococcal multiresistance plasmids project was recently presented as a poster at the 2011 Molecular Biology of Bacterial Pathogens Conference.
Other areas of research include:
- Community MRSA in southwest Sydney
- Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in clinically-important bacteria
- Infection prevention and control of multiresistant bacteria.