General Infections

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General Infections

Hospital Accquired Bacterial Pathogens

Associate Professor Anton Peleg leads a research program that focuses on the mechanisms of pathogenesis of important hospital-acquired pathogens. Hospital-acquired infection poses a significant risk to immunocompromised individuals.

More information can be found on the Hospital Accquired Bacterial Pathogens homepage.

Infections in the immune-compromised

Dr. Orla Morrissey’s research has focused on optimising the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of invasive fungal infections that pose a significant threat to immunocompromised individuals.

More information can be found on the Infections in the immune-compromised homepage.

Cryptococcal Meningitis and Cryptococcosis-associated Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (C-IRIS)

Cryptococcal meningitis is a serious fungal brain infection with a  predilection for persons with weakened immune systems. Driven by the HIV  epidemic, cryptococcal meningitis is the most common cause of adult  meningitis (brain lining infection) which leads to death in most cases.  Even with adequate antifungal therapy and anti-HIV-medications, patients that survive often represent with yet another episode of neurological deterioration  mimicking, termed cryptococcosis-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (C-IRIS). Understanding why, when and whom are likley to experience this phenomenon is critical for risk-stratification and treatment strategies.

More information can be found on the Cryptococcal Meningitis and C-IRIS homepage.

All student inquiries:

Please contact Jasminka Sterjovski (Research Manager and Student Co-ordinator)

Email: jasminka.sterjovski@monash.edu

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For more information on research groups and study opportunities please download the Department of Infectious Diseases Research Project Handout.