Infectious Diseases


Infectious diseases examines the interactions between a host and a microbial parasite and draws together studies in immunology, microbiology, biology, biochemistry and pathology. Specifically, infectious diseases investigates how infectious agents interact with human hosts at the molecular, cellular, individual patient and community levels to cause diseases. The subject area also includes the study of the hosts attempt to combat these infections and new developments in the treatment of disease (e.g. new vaccines and drugs).

The honours year

The honours year in infectious diseases provides you with the opportunity for full-time research on a proposed project supervised by a staff member expert in your selected field. Throughout your infectious diseases honours year you will receive guidance in research techniques by attending training programs covering experimental design, data analysis, written and oral communication and critical appraisal of the literature. In addition, you attend a supplementary seminar program to keep yourself informed and abreast of wider issues in infectious diseases.

You might find yourself undertaking a project with a number of research groups including:
Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunity group
Cytomegalovirus Research Group
Molecular Virology Research Group
Pathobiology of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Cystic Fibrosis Group
Mycobacterial Research Group
Varicella Zoster Virus Research Group

Workload and assessment

In the honours year in Infectious Diseases you will complete a thesis, research on a chosen topic, an oral presentation of research in the form of a short seminar and a review of the literature pertaining to the particular research project. You will be assessed on each component. In particular, you will be assessed on all aspects of your research performance, by your supervisor and by two examiners who will be scientists familiar with the general field of research, but not directly associated with you or your research lab.

Honours projects

Sydney Medical School's searchable honours project database includes potential honours projects in Infectious Diseases.

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