ARC Future Fellowships - Grant ID: FT190100462 [ 2020-05-08 - 2024-05-07 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers: Lee Skerratt (Future Fellowship)

Brief description Improving disease resilience in ecosystems using synthetic biology. This project aims to use the latest methods in synthetic biology to conserve species threatened by disease, through characterising and enhancing immunity. Emerging infectious diseases are a major threat to ecosystems and new methodologies are needed to fight them. Chytridiomycosis is the most devastating disease of vertebrates, causing population declines in over 200 amphibian species worldwide. The expected outcomes of the project are improved understanding and increased immunity of frogs to chytridiomycosis and restoration of frogs into the environment. The project will demonstrate the usefulness of synthetic biology to tackle disease and preserve biodiversity in the landscape for similarly threatened wildlife in Australia and overseas.

Funding Amount $915,611

Funding Scheme ARC Future Fellowships

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