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Research in our group focuses on understanding how microorganisms utilize sophisticated purpose-built nanomachines for transferring genetic material and effector molecules across membranes, and facilitate adherence to a variety of surfaces. Understanding of how these nanosystems are assembled from their component proteins, as well as their effects on infection and the development of resistance strategies, is critical to the development of more streamlined approaches to dealing with infection and drug resistance in pathogenic organisms. In addition, understanding how these systems function at a structural level is central to the development of biological systems for applications as biosensors.

We are part of the Department of Chemistry and Centre for Research on Biomolecular Interactions in the Faculty of Science at York University, and our lab is located on the 3rd floor of the Life Sciences Building.