Professor Iain Lamont
Professor Iain Lamont is based at the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Otago in Dunedin. He is originally from Scotland but after a brief spell in Australia, has lived in Dunedin for the last 30 years. He has a long-standing interest in understanding how bacteria cause infectious disease.
Professor Lamonth and his research team have a particular focus on the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These bacteria are widespread in the general environment, in particular in moist places, but also cause severe infections in animals or patients suffering from any one of a number of predisposing conditions. The bacteria have low-level instrinsic resistance to most antibiotics— worryingly, some Pseudomonas bacteria now have high level resistance to many clinically used antibiotics and P. aeruginosa is now one of the most problematic pathogens to treat.
His team is using a wide range of molecular tools and approaches to understand how P. aeruginosa survives and resists antibiotics during infection. Their long-term aim is to develop new treatment strategies to allow better management of Pseudomonas infections. Within One Health Aotearoa, they have a specific interest in understanding the mechanisms and spread of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
- Infectious disease
- Antibiotic resistance