Dr Lucy Furfaro
Understanding the microscopic world will have macroscopic outcomes.

As a microbiologist with a passion for improving women’s and infants health, Lucy’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of bacterial infections such as Group B Streptococcus, which are a major cause of death and disability during pregnancy and early life. Lucy leads the perinatal phage team investigating the role of bacterial viruses known as bacteriophages (phages) in the perinatal period and as future targeted therapeutic agents. These viruses are the natural predators of bacteria and help to regulate bacterial populations. The ability of phages to specifically kill only bacteria make them an attractive treatment option, particularly in the era of antibiotic resistance. Driven by those at the centre of her research, Lucy aims to positively contribute to improving health of mums and their babies.

ResearchingBabies, bacteria and bacteriophages (or more formally microbiology, obstetrics and gynaecology)
AffiliatedUniversity of Western Australia|
Focus areaHealth