ARC Training Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Solutions to Antimicrobial Resistance (CEA StAR)

Antimicrobial resistance is a crisis with significant health, environmental and socio-economic impacts.

With estimates predicting 10 million annual deaths by 2050 if nothing is done to curb antimicrobial resistance (AMR), it is critically important to develop solutions to this multifaceted global problem.

The Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Solutions to Antimicrobial Resistance (CEA StAR) was established to build Australia’s capability in addressing AMR. In collaboration with industry, the Centre will train the next generation of antimicrobial research scientists. The Centre’s research programs will investigate novel new antimicrobials, explore ways to improve the health of livestock without the use of antibiotics, and identify, remove and/or treat contamination in the environment.

CEA StAR offers a vibrant research environment for postdoctoral researchers and Higher Degree Research students to contribute to the development of cutting-edge technologies. They will have access to a training pipeline that spans practical antimicrobial research skills and data analysis to business development and commercialisation. There will also be opportunities to travel to conferences and work directly with industry partners during a one-year placement.

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Prof Mark Blaskovich | Centre Director

Ms Veah Tapat | Centre Manager

CEA StAR will have 12 PhD scholarship opportunities available at any of our partner sites.


Current PhD opportunities:

Please check back regularly as further PhD opportunities will be added.

Effective delivery of MgO for improving its antimicrobial potential

Working with industry partner Calix Global, this project will explore the antimicrobial properties of MgO by developing different formulations and delivery systems for a specific animal model. Its effects on gut health will also be evaluated. 

Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Amirali Popat, UQ School of Pharmacy

Expressions of interest close 25 February 2024.


Please check the UQ Graduate School Scholarship finder for the full advertisement coming soon!

What’s on offer:

  • An ARC Stipend Scholarship for up to 3.5 years with possibility for 6-month extension (2023 stipend rate at $38,982)
  • Dedicated funding to support research project and access to expertise and world-class research facilities. 
  • Real-world industry experience through a one-year (equivalent) placement with industry
  • Access to specialised training and development opportunities, including Centre Bootcamps and conferences, with support and mentorship from academic and industry experts.
  • Funding opportunities for national and international conferences, meetings, and symposia. 
  • Opportunity to manage and lead an industry-driven complex research project with real-world applications. 


For enquiries about the Centre, please contact the Centre Manager at

CEA StAR is funded by the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Program (IC220100050) and its project Partners which include:

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