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PhD position available – Synthetic Phage Therapy Platform

A new PhD position working with Karen Weynberg (University of Queensland) and Paul Jaschke (Macquarie University) is open for any interested candidates. The PhD position will leverage the recent Centre of Excellence SYNBIO initiative that is led by Ian Paulsen (Macquarie University) to utilise a biofoundry as a high-throughput methodology to generate engineered phages for phage therapy, in the face of increasing AMR threats. To apply please see the two links below, or contact Karen Weynberg ( @ReefViruses ) for further information. au/scholarship/earmarked- scholarships-support-category- 1-project-grants https://graduate-school.uq.
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Monash–UCSD Bacteriophage Symposium - 30th March - Registration Open

We would like to invite you to attend the Monash–UCSD Bacteriophage Symposium that will be held in Melbourne, at the Monash Conference Centre, on Monday 30th, March.  Registration is free but required: When: Monday 30th of March, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, followed by a poster and networking session till 6:30pm. Where: Monash Conference Centre (Level 7, 30 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000). Key dates: Registrations close 18th March (5pm). Abstracts close 24th February (5pm). The Symposium will have a strong focus on phage therapy and its clinical translation, but will also have a talks on bacterial pathogenesis, fundamental phage biology and antibiotic resistance.  The Symposium will be free of charge, but registrations will be required for venue and catering purposes. Finally there will be a small number of 12min talks and posters that will be selected from abstract submissions.  We'd encourage you all to consider attending and to p

Save the date – Bacteriophage Symposium, Melbourne, 30th March, 2020

Hi everyone, Happy New Years, I hope you all had a great break. I wanted to make a quick post to invite you all to attend a Bacteriophage Symposium that we will be hosting in Melbourne on the 30th March, 2020. The Symposium will have a strong focus on phage therapy and its clinical translation, but will also have a talks on bacterial pathogenesis, fundamental phage biology and antibiotic resistance. We are also pleased to announce that the Symposium will have plenary presentations from Prof. Robert 'Chip' Schooley and A/Prof. Saima Aslam from the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (iPATH) , at the University California, San Diego. We will also have a number of invited speakers from Australia, as well as a panel discussion that will broach phage therapy, its  challenges and potential in combating the antimicrobial resistance. The Symposium will be free of charge, although attendees will be required to register for venue and catering purposes. We&

Update NHMRC & ARC profiles to include 'Bacteriophage' interest

Updated: 13th December, 2019 Hi SIG Members, With grant season upon us I wanted to write a very brief post to encourage you all to update your RGMS (and more recently Sapphire) and RMS research profiles to include 'Bacteriophage' as a key research area. This was a suggestion from multiple SIG members to improve the quality of grant reviews, as many reviewers were non-phage experts. In RGMS you can do this by logging in, selecting "My Profile & CV", then selecting "Edit my Profile and CV" and then selecting your RGMS profile. From here click the drop down menu under 'Properties' and select "Pro-RE: Research Interests" and then add in 'Bacteriophage' as a research keyword. Update: To further nominate for a Panel Member again under the "Edit my Profile and CV" option, select your RGMS profile, from here click the drop down menu and select "Pro PN Panel Nominations", click 'New' to register intere

ASM Annual General Meeting 2019 – Update

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the SIG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was run at this years’ Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) conference in Adelaide. A special thanks to Karen Weynberg and Carola Venturini for chairing and taking minutes for the meeting, respectively. Please see below a list of meeting notes from the AGM.

ASM Annual General Meeting – 1st July, 1-2pm

Dear SIG Members, We would like to invite you all to attend our Annual General Meeting for the Bacteriophage Biology and Therapeutics SIG at the Adelaide ASM conference on July 1st, from 1-2pm in one of the lunch rooms (room details will be in ASM program). Please see below a proposed agenda for the meeting. Karen Weynberg will be chairing the meeting. We look forward to seeing you all there Bacteriophage SIG Annual General Meeting – July, 2019 Our AGM will be held from 1-2pm on Monday 1 st July in a lunch room. Agenda: 1.     Update on SIG convenor and state reps ·       Brief update with the SIG committee on the convenor and state reps. 2.     Update on SIG activities ·       Update on SIG member count, blog posts, new researchers joining the field, conferences, etc. 3.     Update on SIG members ·       Currently sitting at 36 members listed on the blog site, up from 24 last year ·       Considering ways to further promote students, p

Phage Futures Europe – 25-26th September, Belgium

Hi all, I wanted to post a quick update to promote the upcoming Phage Futures Europe meeting, which will be held in Belgium from 25th-26th of September, 2019. The conference follows on from the very successful Phage Futures Congress held in Washington D.C. earlier this year and brings together academics, start-ups and pharma to discuss how to translate phage therapies. The organiser have kindly offered SIG members an extra 10% off  with the code – SIG10 – early bird registration ends this week.