I am currently training as a Clinical Microbiologist, but my ultimate goal is to establish a career which encompasses both clinical and academic roles. Although I have managed to integrate a number of research projects into my clinical training to date, I would welcome the chance to pursue a higher degree through an HRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship. The project I hope to undertake aims to investigate a disease with considerable morbidity in New Zealand (Staphylococcus aureus skin and soft tissue infection). I will attempt to identify some of the epidemiological, microbiological, and host immunological factors which make an individual susceptible to infection with this organism, with particular regard to S. aureus strains circulating in New Zealand. This research will involve both clinical and molecular components, and will establish novel methodologies for future research into the pathogenesis of S. aureus infection in our setting. This grant was awarded to The University of Auckland but was later transfered to University of Otago.