Dr Severine Navarro: Severine.Navarro@qimrberghofer.edu.au
- This project is suitable for a PhD student.
The Western lifestyle, characterised by a nutrient-poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and exposure to antibiotics / pollution, and the Hygiene Hypothesis have been directly implicated in the development of allergic diseases. Parasites, such as hookworms, modulate the microbiome and provide important maturation signals to the immune system that result in protection against allergy. We are performing a cohort study on mothers and babies (up to 2 years of age) from hookworm-endemic and hookworm-eradicated areas to determine the influence of intestinal parasites on the microbiome composition and the development of allergic diseases. This exciting project will use a range of wet-lab, statistical and computational skills.
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