Stephanie Begg

Dr Stephanie Begg

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


Dr Stephanie Begg is a researcher in the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases, where she is investigating the role of metal ions in the virulence and viability of bacterial pathogens.

Metal ions play an integral role in the cellular chemistry of all forms of life. During bacterial infection, the human host can use both metal ion intoxication and starvation in an attempt to kill invading bacteria. As a result, human bacterial pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumoniae have evolved an extensive repertoire of molecular mechanisms to survive and thrive in conditions of metal stress. My research investigates how bacterial pathogens steal essential metals, such as manganese and zinc, from the host during metal starvation, and conversely, how the bacteria resists metal toxicity during intoxication. By gaining a thorough understanding of the molecular mechanisms used by bacteria to survive and cause disease, we will discover novel opportunities for therapeutic exploitation, and help to combat the ever-increasing rates of antibiotic resistance.  

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2017 Research Associate The University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2016 Research Associate The University of South Australia
    2012 - 2012 Research Assistant University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Fellowship ASBMB Fellowship $2500
    2017 Award University Doctoral Research Medal
    2017 Award ASBMB Collins Bursary $915
    2016 Achievement Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
    2015 Fellowship Australian Federation of Graduate Women Barbara Hale Fellowship
    2014 Award Young Investigator Award $750
    2013 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award $84,000
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor Science (Biomedical Science)
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
  • Research Interests

NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship (2018-2021)

Australian Federation of Graduate Women Barbara Hale Fellowship (2015) $8000

Laboratory Demonstrator- Masters of Biotechnology (2016)

Laboratory Demonstrator- Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery Clinical Skills (2016)

Laboratory Demonstrator- Infection and Immunity (2015)

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member UK Biochemical Society
    2014 - ongoing Board Member Adelaide Protein Group
    2014 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    2013 - 2015 Member Australian Society for Microbiology

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