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Dunstone Laboratory

Pore Forming Proteins and

Welcome to the Dunstone Lab

Our research looks at the structure and evolution of the pore forming proteins or the “hole-punchers” of life. These hole-punchers are used by the immune system to kill bacteria and used by bacteria to kill us!

We're part of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, and a member of the Immunity Program, Cancer and Development & Stem Cells Programs, and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Associate Professor Michelle Dunstone

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Our research

Pore forming proteins are fascinating proteins as they have the ability to breach cell membranes by forming pores or “holes” in the lipid bilayer. These pores can be either lytic to the target cell, or the pores can mediate the passage of effector proteins into the target cell. They are found in all kingdoms of life, especially pathogenic bacteria.

Our lab’s research focus uses structural biology to look at the shape of the proteins at every stage of the assembly pathway to forming a pore. This research is now starting to have applications in anti-inflammatory development, biosensor technology and agriculture applications.

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