Design of new antimicrobial and antifungal polymers

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This project aims to design the next generation of antimicrobial and antifungal agents. In this project, we propose the synthesis and design of polymers with antimicrobial and antifungal properties by mimicking the structure of anti-microbial peptides. Using advanced macromolecular engineering tools, we will build precise functional polymers and we will investigate their anti-microbial and anti-fungal activities against a broad range of bacteria and fungi. The interactions between the polymers and the bacteria cell and fungi membranes will be investigated.

The ideal candidate should have some experience in chemistry or polymer synthesis or in microbiology / biology.

The candidate will learn the most recent macromolecular engineering tools as well as advanced techniques in microbiology and biology. He will participate to test the most promising polymers in-vivo. This project will give a multidisciplinary skills to the PhD student.

 

 

Supervisory team
Prof Cyrille
Boyer

Engineering
Australian Centre for Nanomedicine
Dr Jiangtao
Xu

Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Dr Megan
Lenardon

Science
Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences
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cboyer@unsw.edu.au