Hannah Agnew

Hannah Agnew

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


My research investigates the differences between closely related clinical isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae, which have been taken from different anatomical niches, in hopes of identifying mechanisms that influence the disease tropism.  

Streptococcus pneumoniae is a commensal Gram-positive bacterium that is commonly found in the normal human microflora. However, the pneumococci can switch to cause both local (otitis media) and invasive diseases (meningitis) leading to high rates of morbidity and mortality. Previous research undertaken in the Paton lab has demonstrated a link between carbohydrate metabolism and disease tropism. My research aims to identify metabolic differences, in vitro and in vivo, between clinical isolates of the same clonal lineage collected from different anatomical niches. Identification of these differences may suggest which molecular mechanisms play a part in carbohydrate metabolism, leading to an increased comprehension of factors that influence disease tropism.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 M.Phil Candidate University of Adelaide
    2019 Private tutor Self-employed
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Scholarship Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia
    2020 Award Outstanding Academic Achievement Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Award Outstanding Academic Achievement Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Award Outstanding Academic Achievement Award The University of Adeliade Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 - 2020 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  • Research Interests


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