Research discipline: Cell and Molecular Biosciences
Research program: Infectious Diseases
Development of chlamydial vaccines
Chlamydia causes several serious diseases including sexually transmitted infections, infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, respiratory infections and trachoma. The team is group is using animal models to develop vaccines for urogenital infections in both women and men.
Basic studies on stress response in Chlamydia
Chlamydia are effective intracellular parasites and are constantly responding to “stress conditions”. They have evolved a range of mechanisms to survive, including some novel proteins. The research group is studying various stress-related proteins using a range of molecular approaches.
Chlamydial infections in wildlife
Chlamydia continues to be a significant cause of disease in koala but is also found in other Australian wildlife including bandicoots, possums, frogs. Professor Timms’s research group is part of an international project to analyse the full genome of the koala strain of Chlamydia pneumoniae, to understand how it is different to the human strains. They have also commenced a vaccine development program for koalas.