Group A streptococcus (GAS) is responsible for approximately 700 million cases of localised infection and 600,000 cases of invasive infection globally each year.

Certain bacteria have been shown to recognise sugars (known as glycans) on host cells.

This project will look at how GAS use sugars at the surface of host cells to initiate disease, and determine if differences in the types of sugars present on host cells alter the ability of GAS to initiate infection.

Funding body

National Health and Medical Research Council

Scheme name

Project Grant

Years funded

2018 – 2020

Lead institution

University of Wollongong

Project leaders

Research area

Infectious diseases