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  • 3 February 2016

    Current third year School of Optometry and Vision Science student, Josh Karras recently volunteered his time over the summer holidays to delve into the world of research. Read about his experience and how this summer has lit a fire and inspired him to potentially continue down the research track in the future.

  • 27 January 2016

    Applications for the Brien A Holden Postgraduate Research Scholarship are now open. This scholarship was established in 1997 in recognition of Professor Holden's outstanding contribution to ocular research and education.

  • 20 January 2016

    Early career researchers Dr Jerome Ozkan, Dr Debarun Dutta and Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith have all been successful in the 2016 grant round from the Faculty of Science, UNSW.

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Research Spotlight

The book “Antimicrobial Surfaces: Eds. Ivanova and Crawford” was recently published by Springer.

This contains a chapter written by Professor Willcox along with Dr Ren Chen and colleagues from the School of Chemistry, UNSW Australia. This book deals with the common problem of microbial adhesion to surfaces. Microbes like to adhere to surfaces, and indeed it has been argued that this is their preferred mode of growth. Once adhered to a surface, the microbes, especially bacteria, form structures called biofilms. Within biofilms microbes re protected from the action of antimicrobials (including antibiotics and disinfectants) and the action of the host defense system (such as antibodies and white blood cells). The book covers various aspects of microbial adhesion to surfaces, especially new ways of controlling the adhesion.

Professor Willcox’s chapter focuses on one type of antimicrobial, called furanones or dihydropyrrolones. These compounds are synthetic analogues of substances produced by marine algae to control microbial contamination of their surfaces.