The human body is colonised with many beneficial microorganisms that actively protect us from invasive microbial pathogens.
Beneficial microorganisms can have this effect by directly combating pathogens or eliciting a protective immune response.
The Marshall Center has specialised programs examining the role of beneficial microbes in the gut with Dr Barry Marshall and Dr Alfred Tay; the role of bacteriophages in fighting bacterial pathogens with Dr Barbara Chang; and the use of beneficial organisms to prevent otitis media with Dr Chris Peacock. We also have trails looking at the use of probiotics in pregnancy with Dr Shailender Mehter and the role of the oral microbiome with Dr Alfred Tay.
Current research projects
- Probiotics in pregnancy trial
- Dr Shailender Mehter
- Interventions in otitis media
- Dr Chris Peackock
- Bateriophages as intervention strategies
- Dr Barbara Chang
- The oral microbiome
- Dr Alfred Tay