DST Group conducts a multi-disciplinary research program to establish ways of countering the malicious use of biological and chemical agents against Defence and civilian personnel.
Examples of research projects undertaken in this program are:
- modelling of the processes and timings of disease emergence in a community
- identification of generic biomarkers in urine indicative of exposure or infection, thereby facilitating diagnosis of a specific disease
- development of molecular identification techniques to enable rapid identification of microbial pathogens in the event of a biological warfare attack, and
- investigation of potential medical countermeasures to biological and chemical threats.