Centre for Superbug Solutions

Combating the urgent global threat of antimicrobial resistance

The Centre for Superbug Solutions combats infectious diseases, with a particular focus on antimicrobial-resistant infections. 

More than one million people per year die from resistant infections, a number that is predicted to rise to more than 10 million deaths annually by 2050. 

The Centre's vision is to create a world where no lives are lost to microbial infections, and our mission is to understand the molecular basis of infectious disease.

We bring together a diverse group of multidisciplinary researchers working together to tackle infectious disease and AMR.

We conduct discovery research to advance our understanding of infections, develop better diagnostics so patients can receive the right treatment in time, and develop new treatments and vaccines. 



Professor Mark Schembri

Professor Mark Schembri

Director, Centre for Superbug Solutions

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  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Virulence
  • Adhesins
  • Bacterial genetics
  • Bacterial cell surface
  • Biomarkers of disease risk
  • Host-pathogen immunity
  • Vaccine development and engineering
  • Diagnostics
  • Antibiotic discovery and development
  • Immunotherapeutics
  • Immunodiagnostics
  • Biomarker discovery
  • Gram-negative pathogens
  • Bacterial cell wall biochemistry - composition/modifications
  • Cell wall enzymes - activities, interactions, discovery
  • UPEC virulence and antibiotic resistance
  • Biofilms
  • High-throughput functional genetic screens
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Bacterial imaging
  • High-throughput antimicrobial testing
  • In vitro assays
  • Animal models of infection
  • Bacterial cell envelope biology
  • Bacterial pathogenesis

Disease focus

  • Urinary treat infections (UTIs)
  • Group A Streptococci (Strep A)
  • Malaria
  • Neonatal meningitis
  • Sepsis
  • Infection-related cancer

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