A UOW Molecular Horizons research project has been granted $1.5 million dollars in funding to further understand how superbug bacteria becomes resistance to antibiotics.

Over a five year period, researchers will examine bacteria at a cellular level to understand how bacteria copies and repairs its DNA to make it resistant against antibiotics, which can result in disease and illness.

Granted funding from the United States National Institutes of Health, the study is part of a multidisciplinary collaboration with researchers from the University of Wisconsin and the University of South Carolina working with the UOW Molecular Horizons team.

The study will be conducted at the University of Wollongong’s new $80 million dollar research facility, Molecular Horizons, which uses a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding biology and chemistry at a molecular and cellular level.

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