Discovery of new classes of antibiotics is of great importance for developing therapies against drug-resistant bacteria, such as MRSA.
A new taxon of a Gram negative bacterium, referred to here as GM1, has recently been discovered by researchers at Charles Sturt University, Orange Campus. GM1 belongs to a new taxon of Enterobacteriaceae and secretes an antibiotic-like compound, as yet uncharacterised.
Saina's research has three foci in the areas of bioinformatics, taxonomy and structural chemistry that have the following broad aims:.
Assemble and annotate the genome of GM1
Publish the taxonomy of GM1, and
Elucidate the chemical structure and activity of the antibiotic produced by GM1.
This research is supported by a CSU/NSW Health Scholarship.