Dr Cin Kong

This project aims to characterise novel anti-virulence molecule(s) that do not suppress bacteria growth but attenuate bacterial virulence, allowing the host natural immunity to clear the infection.

Economy: Malaysia

Partnering Australian Institution: University of South Australia

Project Title: Evaluation of potential anti-virulence molecule(s) towards methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as alternatives to antibiotics

Project Outline:

Dr Cin Kong's project aims to characterise novel anti-virulence molecule(s) that do not suppress bacteria growth but, in turn, attenuate bacterial virulence, thereby allowing the host natural immunity to clear the infection. Anti-virulence molecule offers an attractive alternative antimicrobial resistance and hold great promise as a new therapeutic paradigm.

Applied for fellowship:

"This fellowship serves as an opportunity to acquire new technologies, particularly an artificial dermis biofilm model established at the Adelaide Biofilm Test Facility, UniSA I see this fellowship as a unique opportunity to interact with experts from complementary disciplines and encourage further research links to enhance future funding opportunities."

Past Achievements:

"I completed my BSc. of Biomedical Sciences with a first class honours and was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia to pursue my PhD study in the National University of Malaysia (UKM). My PhD research was on utilizing the Caenorhabditis elegans host model to identify and characterize novel anti-infectives with distinct mode of action than conventional antibiotics. I have made several research presentations both locally and internationally, including the biannual C. elegans Meeting in Los Angeles, USA.

When I was a postdoctoral fellow in UKM, I led a project to evaluate the anti-virulence properties of a small molecule against Staphylococcus aureus whilst supporting and mentoring several on-going projects in the lab. My work in these areas has culminated in five research articles and two review papers (with the accompanying journal cover) as first and co-author in reputable international journals accruing a total of 71 citations (h-index of 5). I was also awarded a Travel Fellowship to present my research findings at the 25th FAOBMB Conference in Philippines. I have recently joined the University of Nottingham as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

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