[ASC-list] Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne, Wed 18th March, 6:30pm - Prof Liz Hartland

David Vaux vaux at wehi.EDU.AU
Thu Mar 5 02:08:05 UTC 2015

Free, all welcome (booking not needed). Bring your friends!
Free pizza and drinks after the talk

At GTAC, located in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Parade)
Wednesday 18 March  2015, 6:30 pm

 Professor Elizabeth Hartland 
 Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne 
“Amoebae as a training ground for new human infections”

Environmental bacteria are a major food source for many water and soil amoebae. However some bacteria, such as the causative agent of Legionnaire’s Disease, have evolved to survive predation by amoebae and not only persist intracellularly, but also rely on the amoebae as a niche for replication. The evolution of traits that allow bacteria to survive and replicate in environmental amoebae has inadvertently selected for pathogenicity in humans as the mechanisms of intracellular replication in amoebae can be transferred to human phagocytic immune cells. This makes amoebae an important “training ground” for emerging opportunistic infections of people. 

Professor Hartland obtained her B.Sc.(Hons) and PhD in microbiology from the University of Melbourne. She was a post-doc in the Department of Biochemistry, Imperial College London, UK before joining the Department of Microbiology at Monash University. She is currentlyHead of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne She has a long-standing research interest in the pathogenesis of infections caused by Escherichia coli and Legionella, with a focus on mechanisms of bacterial colonization and immune evasion.

Forthcoming Talks: 

Wed 15th April         Dr Roger Rassool     Dept Physics, University of Melbourne

Wed  20th May	Prof Kathryn North, Director, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

 We are pleased to acknowledge the support by GTAC for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series

 Further Info:     David Vaux  9345 2941  davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com


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