Riya Joseph is an ARC-CCeMMP PhD student at The University of Melbourne node. She is a Biology BS-MS graduate from the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, Mohali, India. Her Master’s thesis involved purifying a cholesterol-dependent cytolysin (CDC) and studying the role of cholesterol in its pore formation.
Riya’s PhD project is focused on a novel family of pore-forming toxins consisting of nearly 300 uncharacterised proteins that are related to the CDCs. The project aims to investigate the structure and function of these proteins by cryo-EM, crystallography and other biophysical/biochemical approaches.