Dr Sam Manna
Infection and Immunity Theme
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Manna, S., Dunne, E. M, Ortika, B. D., Pell, C. L., Kama, M., Russell, F. M, Mungun, T., Mulholland, E. K., Hinds, J. & Satzke, C. (2018). Discovery of a Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 33F capsular polysaccharide locus that lacks wcjE and contains a wcyO pseudogene. PLoS One. 13: e0206622. https://goo.gl/jLzJja
Manna, S., Waring, A., Papanicolaou, A., Hall, N. E., Bozinovski, S., Dunne, E. M. & Satzke, C. (2018). The transcriptomic response of Streptococcus pneumoniae following exposure to cigarette smoke. Scientific Reports 8:15716. https://goo.gl/2mYPWF
Sam is a microbiologist who completed his PhD in the Department of Microbiology at La Trobe University in 2014 focusing on horizontal gene transfer and the regulation of mitochondrial gene expression in protozoa. He then worked as an Associate Lecturer in the same department, supervising honours research projects and lecturing to undergraduate microbiology students in the areas of microbial genetics and infectious diseases. In 2015, Sam joined the Pneumococcal Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute as a Post-doctoral Researcher. His research involves investigating the biology, genetics and virulence of the bacterial pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae. His research has been featured in multiple high impact journals including Frontiers in Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology and Infection. Sam has attracted over $130,000 in funding and has also received multiple awards in recognition of his work including the Robert Austrian Research Award in Pneumococcal Vaccinology and the Australian Society for Microbiology Jim Pittard Award.
Techniques/ExpertiseMolecular biology: DNA, RNA, protein, molecular cloning, qPCR, qRT-PCR, Southern/Northern/Western Blotting
Microbiology: Culture and genetic manipulation of bacteria and amoebae