Barr Lab

Current Lab Members


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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.

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 pathogen. In the Barr Lab I will work on the interaction between the human cell, bacteria and phages. I will look at this tripartite symbiosis at the transcytosis of phages through the epithelial barrier with microscopy and cell biology techniques.

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.

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Graduate Student
wai.chin@monash.eduView CV

Research Description

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

In the Barr lab, I am further developing the bacteriophage-adherence-to-mucus (BAM) model by investigating the co-evolution of phages within their dynamic mucosal gut environment. This environment will be simulated using fabricated microfluidic devices that are capable of peristalsis, lined with gut epithelial cells containing a co-infection of bacterial cells and phages. My project mainly includes concepts and techniques from microbiology, cell biology, evolutionary biology and engineering.

Beyond the lab, I like to spend my time playing music, learning languages, exercising and trying out coffees from every cafés within reach. 



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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 will be tackling one of the most important threats in the scenario of global health: antimicrobial resistance. Specifically, I will look into bacteriophage adjuvant therapy as a treatment strategy against multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens.
Outside of the lab, I spend a lot of time at the gym, binge-watching TV series, cooking and baking.


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Research Description

I am currently a third year Monash University student. I have completed my minor in Zoology and am about to complete my majors in Genetic and Ecology and Conservation. At the Barr lab I will be examining the Hoc gene for mutations and whether it is advantageous for T4 bacteriophage.

Outside of the Barr lab I highly enjoy my sport, specifically basketball, listening to music and shopping for shoes. 

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Research Description

I am a fourth year Monash student of biomedicine and science, majoring in genetics. I enjoy the challenge that scientific research offers with particular interest in personalised medicine and bioinformatics. In the Barr Lab I am contributing to the isolation of novel phages used to combat antimicrobial resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii.

I thourougly enjoy adventure and hope to make it to Everest Base Camp this year.

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Research Description

I am a third-year exchange student from the University at Exeter, where I study Biological Sciences. Here at the Barr Lab I will be involved with research into the isolation and characterisation of novel bacteriophages which target pathogenic Enterobacteriaceae and Psuedomonas aeruginosa bacterial species.
Outside of the lab I enjoy playing sports such as tennis and football (soccer), and I was the captain of my Biology society’s football team back in the UK

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