Established in 2011, the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre is a multidisciplinary network based at The University of Queensland, and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
Professor Glenn King
Professor Glenn King’s research is focused on understanding spatiotemporal regulation of bacterial cytokinesis, with a specific emphasis on Staphylococcus aureus ("golden staph").
Golden staph is a "superbug" because of its persistent ability to acquire resistance to a wide range of antibiotics.
Prof. King is interested in the development of a new class of antibiotics against golden staph based on the inhibition of proteins involved in cell division, which is one of the most important subcellular differentiation events in bacteria.
Golden staph is responsible for a broad range of infections ranging from superficial skin abscesses and cellulitis to more serious diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, endocarditis, bacteremia and toxic shock syndrome.