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Invasive Bacterial Pathogens Laboratory

Head: Renato Morona

My laboratory conducts research into a number of enteric and invasive bacterial pathogens with a focus on the role of bacterial cell surface molecules in bacterial pathogenesis.

My Current Research Interests are:

Shigella flexneri

Actin-based motility

Lipopolysaccharides  and O Antigens

Regulation of Capsule Polysaccharides

Outer Membrane Proteins


Receptor Mimic Technology

Anti-microbial drug discovery

PhD and Honours Projects

A number of challenging projects are available to interested PhD and Honours students. These projects will be in the general area of Shigella flexneri virulence factors, with an emphasis on the structure and function of IcsA, on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)O antigen biosynthesis proteins, and bacterial cell biology. Project information is available in the Honours and PhD page of the website.

Other Pathogens we have Studied Include:

Salmonella enterica Typhi

Salmonella enterica Typhimurium

Vibrio cholerae O1

Invasive Bacterial Pathogens Laboratory

North Terrace Campus
Level 4, Molecular Life Sciences
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005


Renato Morona
T: +61 8 8313 4151
F: +61 8 8313 7532