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Welcome to the Chemical Biology of  Bacterial Pathogens Laboratory

The McDevitt laboratory is part of the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases in the School of Biological Sciences.

The main theme of research in the McDevitt group is to understand the roles of metal ions in the biology of bacteria.

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Our specific research interests are in:

  • Understanding how human bacterial pathogens acquire essential metal ions from the environment
  • Characterising the roles of metal ions in bacteria and how the contribute to bacterial pathogenesis

By understanding these fundamental aspects of bacterial chemical biology, our work opens the to developing novel antimicrobials to block essential metal ion pathways and starve invading pathogens of crucial trace metals.

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Chemical Biology of Bacterial Pathogens Laboratory

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


Chris McDevitt
T: +61 8 8313 0413
F: +61 8 8313 7532