Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
I'm currently a doctoral candidate at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA.
My project is focused on analyzing oral microbial communities (microbiomes) of ancient hunter-gatherers and early farming communities from the Middle East, Africa and Europe using dental calculus (calcified dental plaque), a calcified biofilm created by the bacteria living in our mouths. Our microbiomes play an essential role in our health, by learning more about how our microbiomes have evolved and changed with us through time, we may be better able to treat the burgeoning incidence of 'diseases of affluence' (obesity, diabetes, asthma etc.) that we see today.
Key areas of research are:
Using ancient microbiomes to better understand the impact of diet on oral diseases.
Determining how the oral microbiome has changed through time, and how these changes relate to the health of the host.
To explore the co-evolution of our microbiomes and the human genome (the totality of genes in the human body).
Language Competency Arabic Can read, write, speak and understand spoken English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review German Can read, write, speak and understand spoken Malay Can read, write, speak and understand spoken Yoruba Can speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2015 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia PhD. Genomics and Microbiology 2012 - 2015 Friedrich Schiller University Jena Germany M.Sc. Microbiology 2007 - 2011 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia B.Sc (Hons.) Microbiology and Management
Date Title Institution Country 2015 - 2015 Research Associate Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPG) Germany 2013 - 2015 Research Assistant Hans Knöll Institute (LG) Germany
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