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Professor Gary Black

  • Enzyme discovery, characterisation, development and microbial production for biocatalysis
  • Microbial proteomics and metabolomics


Dr Simon Bridge

  • Viral infections and lipid metabolism
  • Host responses to viral pathogens
  • Viral triggers of autoimmunity
  • Microbial community profiles in the gut in health and disease


Dr William Cheung

  • Proteomics
  • Metabolomics


Dr Lynn Dover

  • Microbial responses to metal ion as nutrients and antimicrobials
  • Cell envelope biology of Rhodococcus (Prescottella) equi and other mycolic acid containing Actinobacteria


Dr Edward Fox

  • Ecology and selection of foodborne bacterial pathogens through food chains and the study of their behaviour in food
  • Genomics of foodborne pathogens to understand virulence mechanisms, stress tolerance and antimicrobial resistance phenotypes
  • Development of novel biocontrol strategies targeting key foodborne pathogens by exploiting food chain microbiomes


Dr Amanda Jones

  • Prokaryotic systematics, particularly of the Actionobacteria
  • Medical diagnostics, notably for non-tuberculous mycobacteria


Dr Clare Lanyon

  • Microbial Ecology of the Human Microbiome in Health and disease
  • Neonatal gut microbial community analysis related to sepsis.


Professor Alison McDermott

  • Host response to bacterial and fungal pathogens
  • Ocular surface infections and inflammation



Dr Jose Munoz

  • Structure and function of carbohydrate modifying enzymes including glycoside hydrolases, polysaccharide lyases and carbohydrate esterases
  • Human gut microbiotal metabolism of dietary carbohydrates; Contribution of microbiome to the human health; Modification of gut microbiota composition; Microbial and enzymatic metabolism of plant biomass


Dr Andrew Nelson

  • Understanding the role of the Microbiome in health and disease
  • Functional analysis of microbial communities



Professor David Pearce

  • Microbial ecology (functional diversity and adaptation)
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Life in extreme environments


Dr Darren Smith

  • Biology and Ecology of temperate and lytic bacteriophages in complex microbial communities
  • Using multiple -omics approaches to characterise the symbiotic relationship between bacteriophages, microbial community construction and role in pathogenicity and disease
  • Using bacteriophages to alter microbial communities through re-programming or selective eradication of bacterial subsets


Dr Vartul Sangal

  • Evolutionary dynamics and genetics of virulence characteristics in pathogenic bacteria
  • Applications of next-generation sequencing in prokaryotic systematics


Professor Iain Sutcliffe


Dr St John Usher

  • Fermentation and flavour production in beers and lagers by Saccharomyces yeast strains
  • Enzymic reactions in the production of volatile flavour compounds during fermentation
  • Proteomic and metabolomic analysis of wort samples produced using various roasted malts


Dr Meng Zhang

  • Activation of urease in Bacillus subtilis
  • Optimization of microbial induced calcite processes in the built environment


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