for Stage 6
Deep dive with your students into microbiology research
Microbes are found in diverse places, including on and inside the human body, in food and in the environment (e.g. soil and water). While they may not immediately appear so, at the microscale many of these environments are extremely harsh. Therefore, while many microbes are adapted to survive and even grow in these environments, they will inevitably also experience physiological stress during their life cycle. A microbial stress can be thought of as any condition that is a departure from optimal conditions. Remarkably, those microbes that do survive exposure to a sublethal stress are often able to tolerate higher levels of that stress, or even a different stress altogether.
Our Microbial Stress Response program has been designed to facilitate Stage 6 students to design their own unique depth study to investigate the stress response of microbes:
Our Microbial Stress Response Depth Study program is particularly suited to extend Stage 6 Investigating Science student's knowledge and understanding of Cause and Effect - Observing (Module 1) & Scientific Investigations (Module 5).
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a real and global threat to human, animal and plant health. AMR is the ability of a microorganism (bacteria, fugus, virus or parasite) to withstand an antimicrobial treatment against it. The results of AMR is that standard treatments for microbial infections become ineffective, infections persist and increase the risk of spreading to others. Microorganisms that develop AMR through mutation are sometimes referred to as 'superbugs'. But there is much, much more to AMR than you might think, and the importance of getting to grips with AMR is rising for us all. A focus on AMR could be the start of a student's life-long research journey to help make the future a better place for us all.
Our Focus on Antimicrobial Resistance program has been designed to allow Stage 6 students to design their own unique depth study to investigate antimicrobial resistance to:
in a range of safe surrogate microbes representing human, animal and plant pathogens.
Our Focus on Antimicrobial Resistance Depth Study program is particularly suited to extend Stage 6 Biology student's knowledge and understanding of Infectious Disease (Module 7).
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that affects one in 2,500 Australians. It is estimated that one in 25 people carry the CF gene but, because carriers of the CF gene are unaffected by it, most carriers are unaware of it. For CF to occur the CF gene must be inherited from both parents. CF occurs equally in males and females. For people born with this genetic disease their treatment is lifelong and relentless. One very important part of the treatment of CF is antibiotic therapy to treat lung infections. Unfortunately, respiratory failure due to infection is the ultimate cause of death in the majority of people with CF. And in the majority of people with CF the most common respiratory pathogen is a bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Our Pseudomonas in Cystic Fibrosis program has been designed to facilitate Stage 6 students to design their own unique depth study to investigate the response of a non-pathogenic Pseudomonas surrogate to different interventions, under a range of environmental conditions that mimic those found in the CF lung.
Our Pseudomonas in Cystic Fibrosis Depth Study program is particularly suited to extend Stage 6 Biology student's knowledge and understanding of Infectious Disease (Module 7) and Non-infectious Diseases and Disorders (Module 8), and to explore the links between genetic and infectious diseases.