Barr Lab

Current Lab Members

Researchers

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Researcher
ruzeen.patwa@monash.edu

Research Description

I have a master’s degree in biology from New York University, and have worked in several cancer biology labs identifying genes that mediate cancer progression. In Barr lab, I provide technical support to the lab members, as well as daily management of the lab.

Apart from lab work, I enjoy watching movies, spending time with my family, and catching up with friends over a cup of coffee.

Postdocs

Research Description

I am a medical microbiologist with a Master’s degree from the Tribhuvan University, Nepal. After which, I worked as a lecturer in Nepalese Universities for five years. I completed my doctoral study at the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 2019 which focused on mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in ocular isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In the Barr Lab, I work on therapeutic uses of bacteriophages for multi-drug resistant bacteria, with a current focus on Enterobacter infections.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy landscape photography.  

Research Description

I am an associate professor from China. I have my doctorate degree in veterinary of medicine from Nanjing Agricultural University in China. In the Barr lab, I will investigate the tripartite interaction between pathogenic E. coli, bacteriophage and gut mucus layer. I first investigate this in cell line cultures before proceeding to the gut-on-chip and finally, in animal models.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy travelling and experiencing the gorgeous views in Australia.

Graduate Students

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Graduate Student
marion.bichet@monash.eduView CV

Research Description

I am a French PhD student with a master degree in microbiology from Pasteur Institute and Sorbonne University in Paris. Previously, I worked on the interaction between host and pathogens. In the Barr Lab, I am investigating the interactions between bacteriophages and eukaryotic cells. Using cutting-edge technology, like confocal microscopy and ddPCR, I will attempt to understand how bacteriophages influence epithelial cells and delineate the mechanisms by which these cells transcytose phage particles.

Outside of the lab I like to go hiking and enjoy the incredible Australian landscapes, I also like to spend times with my friends around a fresh drink.

 

Follow me on Twitter @marion_bichet 

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Graduate Student
wai.chin@monash.eduView CV

Research Description

I am a Malaysian PhD student. Previously, I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences (Infectious Diseases) from The University of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom.

In the Barr lab, my aim is to further develop the bacteriophage-adherence-to-mucus (BAM) model. Specifically, I want to understand the eco-evolutionary dynamics of phages within a life-like gut mucus environment. To that end, I perform my phage evolution and ecological experiments using a gut-on-a-chip microfluidic device. 

Beyond the lab, I like to spend my time learning languages, exercising and eating (a lot).

Follow me on Twitter @chinhoe589

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Graduate Student
sofia.dahlman@monash.eduView CV

Research Description

I am a Swedish PhD student with a master’s degree in Biomedical Science from Leiden University, The Netherlands.

In the Barr Lab, my work will be directed at decoding the human gut phageome and its impact on health and disease. To this end I will identify and characterise prophages from a large number of clinical isolates. My project will use extensive bioinformatic and high throughput sequencing techniques as well as microbiology approaches.

Outside the lab, I enjoy traveling and experiencing new places, hiking, gardening, listening to audio books and eating delicious foods.

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Graduate Student
laura.avellanedafranco@monash.eduView CV

Research Description

I am a Colombian Ph.D. student. Previously, I worked on characterizing the healthy human gut virome at Alejandro Reyes Lab in Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. In the Barr Lab, I am deciphering the potential capacity of phages to modulate the gut bacterial population. To accomplish this, I am using bioinformatics and molecular techniques.

Outside the lab, I enjoy meeting people, reading novels, and traveling.

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Graduate Student
fernando.gordilloaltamirano@monash.eduView CV

Research Description

I am a Medical Doctor from Ecuador and I have a master's degree in Infection & Immunity from the University of Sydney. At the Barr lab I am tackling one of the most important threats to global health: antimicrobial resistance. Specifically, I am looking at bacteriophage therapy as a treatment strategy against multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens such as Acinetobacter baumannii.

Outside of the lab, I spend a lot of time at the gym, binge-watching TV series, cooking and baking.

Follow me on Twitter @NandoGordillo

Residents

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Resident

Area of Study

Lab guard dog. Expert in eating treats, playing fetch and pats.

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Undergraduates

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Undergraduate
jfor0010@student.monash.edu

Research Description

I am currently an Honours student at Monash University. I completed a Bachelor of Science at Deakin University in 2018, majoring in human biology. At the Barr lab, I will be studying the mechanism in which bacteriophage adsorb to and infect multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens. Using gene knockout techniques I will attempt to characterise phage infectivity of Acinetobacter baumannii to further our understanding of phages for therapeutic use.

Outside of the lab I love to exercise and I am a massive fan of all sports. I closely follow the English Premier League (soccer) and the AFL (football).

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Undergraduate
cket1@student.monash.edu

Research Description

I am currently studying the Master of Biotechnology through the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) and Monash University. Previously, I studied a Bachelor of Science in Genetics & Molecular Biology. At the Barr Lab, I will be developing a molecular method for the quantification of T4 phage particles using RT-PCR.

Outside the lab, I like to indulge in a nice meal or beverage, watch excessive amounts of TV, read, and exercise.

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Undergraduate
lmkie1@student.monash.edu

Research Description

I am currently completing the final year of my Master of Biotechnology course through ARMI at Monash University. I completed my Bachelor of Science in 2016, majoring in Chemistry and Microbiology.

My research project at the Barr Lab involves isolating and generating a bacteriophage cocktail against Pseudomonas aeruginosa burn-wound isolates.


Outside of my project, I enjoy watching movies, going to yoga classes and socialising with my friends on warm summer nights.

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Location
Monash University
School of Biological Sciences
Senior Zoology
Clayton VIC 3168
Australia

Contact Info
Email: jeremybarr85@gmail.com