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Health Sciences profile

Dr Htin Aung

PositionPostdoctoral Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Microbiology and Immunology
QualificationsPhD
Research summaryNext-generation sequencing, diagnostic microbiology, molecular microbiology, structural biology

Research

My research focuses on the role of next-generation sequencing technologies in diagnostic microbiology and public health. We are currently performing whole-genome sequencing of drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis clinical isolates for rapid diagnosis and genotyping.

My research also focuses on the development of new anti-TB drugs targeting bacterial metabolism and energetics. In particular, I am interested in identifying key regulatory networks that coordinates Mycobacterial metabolism.

Publications

Mulholland, C. V., Ruthe, A., Cursons, R. T., Durrant, R., Karalus, N., Coley, K., … Permina, E., Coleman, M. J., … Cook, G. M., & Aung, H. L. (2017). Rapid molecular diagnosis of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis Rangipo strain responsible for the largest recurring TB cluster in New Zealand. Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2017.03.012

Aung, H. L., Nyunt, W. W., Fong, Y., Cook, G. M., & Aung, S. T. (2017). First two extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis cases from Myanmar treated with bedaquiline. Clinical Infectious Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix365

Tun, T., Aye, K. S., Nyunt, W. W., Crump, J. A., Nakajima, C., Suzuki, Y., … Cook, G. M., & Aung, H. L. (2017). Genotypic diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in Myanmar. Infectious Diseases, 49(3), 237-239. doi: 10.1080/23744235.2016.1231419

Nyunt, W. W., Aung, S. T., Lwin, T., Cook, G. M., & Aung, H. L. (2017). First- and second-line antituberculosis drug resistance patterns among previous treatment failure patients in Myanmar. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance, 9, 34-35. doi: 10.1016/j.jgar.2017.02.007

Nyunt, W. W., Aung, S. T., Cook, G. M., & Aung, H. L. (2017). Evaluation of the genotype MTBDRsl test for detection of second-line drug resistance in drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in Myanmar. Infectious Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/23744235.2017.1341056

Journal - Research Article

Mulholland, C. V., Ruthe, A., Cursons, R. T., Durrant, R., Karalus, N., Coley, K., … Permina, E., Coleman, M. J., … Cook, G. M., & Aung, H. L. (2017). Rapid molecular diagnosis of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis Rangipo strain responsible for the largest recurring TB cluster in New Zealand. Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2017.03.012

Petridis, M., Vickers, C., Robson, J., McKenzie, J. L., Bereza, M., Sharrock, A., Aung, H. L., … Cook, G. M. (2016). Structure and function of AmtR in Mycobacterium smegmatis: Implications for post-transcriptional regulation of urea metabolism through a small antisense RNA. Journal of Molecular Biology, 428(21), 4315-4329. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2016.09.009

Aung, H. L., Tun, T., Permina, E., Nyunt, W. W., Aung, S. T., Thinn, K. K., Crump, J. A., & Cook, G. M. (2016). Draft genome sequences of two drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates from Myanmar. Genome Announcements, 4(5), e00850-16. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00850-16

Aung, H. L., Tun, T., Moradigaravand, D., Köser, C. U., Nyunt, W. W., Aung, S. T., … Crump, J. A., … Cook, G. M., & Hill, P. C. (2016). Whole-genome sequencing of multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates from Myanmar. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance, 6, 113-117. doi: 10.1016/j.jgar.2016.04.008

Aung, H. L., Samaranayaka, C. U. K., Enright, R., Beggs, K. T., & Monk, B. C. (2015). Characterisation of the DNA gyrase from the thermophilic eubacterium Thermus thermophilus. Protein Expression & Purification, 107, 62-67. doi: 10.1016/j.pep.2014.11.009

Aung, H. L., Dixon, L. L., Smith, L. J., Sweeney, N. P., Robson, J. R., Berney, M., … Cook, G. M. (2015). Novel regulatory roles of cAMP receptor proteins in fast-growing environmental mycobacteria. Microbiology, 161(3), 648-661. doi: 10.1099/mic.0.000015

Aung, H. L., Berney, M., & Cook, G. M. (2014). Hypoxia-activated cytochrome bd expression in Mycobacterium smegmatis is cyclic AMP receptor protein dependent. Journal of Bacteriology, 196(17), 3091-3097. doi: 10.1128/jb.01771-14

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Journal - Research Other

Aung, H. L., Nyunt, W. W., Fong, Y., Cook, G. M., & Aung, S. T. (2017). First two extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis cases from Myanmar treated with bedaquiline. Clinical Infectious Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix365

Nyunt, W. W., Aung, S. T., Cook, G. M., & Aung, H. L. (2017). Evaluation of the genotype MTBDRsl test for detection of second-line drug resistance in drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in Myanmar. Infectious Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/23744235.2017.1341056

Nyunt, W. W., Aung, S. T., Lwin, T., Cook, G. M., & Aung, H. L. (2017). First- and second-line antituberculosis drug resistance patterns among previous treatment failure patients in Myanmar. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance, 9, 34-35. doi: 10.1016/j.jgar.2017.02.007

Tun, T., Aye, K. S., Nyunt, W. W., Crump, J. A., Nakajima, C., Suzuki, Y., … Cook, G. M., & Aung, H. L. (2017). Genotypic diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in Myanmar. Infectious Diseases, 49(3), 237-239. doi: 10.1080/23744235.2016.1231419

Tun, T., Nyunt, W. W., Latt, K. Z., Samaranayaka, A., Crump, J. A., Thinn, K. K., Cook, G. M., & Aung, H. L. (2016). Drug-resistant tuberculosis among previously treated patients in Yangon, Myanmar. International Journal of Mycobacteriology, 5(3), 366-367. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmyco.2016.06.004

Aung, H. L., Dey, D., Janssen, P. H., Ronimus, R. S., & Cook, G. M. (2015). A high-throughput screening assay for identification of inhibitors of the A1Ao-ATP synthase of the rumen methanogen Methanobrevibacter ruminantium M1 [Note]. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 110, 15-17. doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2014.12.022

McMillan, D. G. G., Ferguson, S. A., Dey, D., Schröder, K., Aung, H. L., Carbone, V., … Cook, G. M. (2011). A1Ao-ATP synthase of Methanobrevibacter ruminantium couples sodium ions for ATP synthesis under physiological conditions. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286(46), 39882-39892. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M111.281675

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