Chris studied Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Oxford before heading down under to complete his PhD in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Otago. Completed in 2013, his doctoral research focused on unravelling the physiological roles of the enzymes responsible for H2 metabolism in environmental and pathogenic mycobacteria. He subsequently gained postdoctoral experience in Microbial Ecology and Molecular Evolution at the University of Otago, CSIRO, and the Australian National University. Chris joined Monash University as a lecturer in June 2016 and was awarded an ARC DECRA Fellowship in November 2016. Chris’ research group, the Integrative Microbiology Lab, explores the metabolic strategies through which microorganisms persist under adverse environmental conditions. His environmental research explores the ecophysiology of organisms responsible for the cycling of atmospheric gases, i.e. hydrogen, methane, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. His medical research is centred on identifying new drug targets for tuberculosis, with a focus on mycobacterial redox homeostasis. Chris’ group employs a wide range of techniques to explore biological processes from enzymes to ecosystems, including bacterial culturing, genetic dissection, protein biochemistry, and environmental surveys.
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