Collaborative Hub for Advancing Interdisciplinary Research

The project came to an end on 30 September 2017.

About the project

The aim of the Collaborative Hub for Advancing Interdisciplinary Research (CHAIR) was to create and support networks of researchers who together would develop a strong collaborative community.

The focus was on developing novel strategies to detect and mitigate the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in zoonotic pathogens. This would lead to exciting funding opportunities for engineering and physical scientists.

CHAIR was an EPSRC funded interdisciplinary research hub focusing on the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR describes the phenomena when bacteria through various mechanisms can become resistant to currently used antibiotics.

Through a series of monthly seminars we engaged with researchers across disciplines to talk about new innovative ways of tackling the issue.

For more information on the project, please download our CHAIR booklet (PDF).

Take a look at the Government Review on AMR chaired by Lord O'Neill of Gatley.

Previous events

Sandpit events

We held two sandpit events in which we gave out internal funding for collaborative projects. We had five successful projects from our first sandpit on 12 April 2016. 

Our second sandpit took place on 28 September 2016. Two of the projects funded from the first sandpit received follow on funding and three new projects were funded.

Past seminars

Wednesday 13 September: CHAIR Celebration Event: 'The economics of antimicrobial resistance and solving the threat', Lord O'Neill.

Tuesday 18 July: New and emerging threats of AMR from a global perspective: Dr Sid Thakur, North Carolina State University.

Thursday 8 June: Sensing and Pharmacokinetics: 'Towards selective detection of AMR bacteria with a disposable electrical sensor' and 'Understanding the Pharmacokinetics of antibiotic implants for veterinary applications'.

Thursday 11 May: Modelling and Big Data: Reports from two CHAIR projects: 'AMR Data, Animal- Human- Environment ESBL transfers', and 'Modelling mycobacterial persistence'.

Wednesday 29 March: Biofilms, DNA and microbial pathogens: a market place for exchange of antimicrobial resistance? Also reports from two CHAIR projects: 'Antifouling Coatings to Prevent Biofilm Formation', 'SPIDERS: Surface Printing to Investigate Drug Effects on Real Surfaces'.

Tuesday 13 December: Prof Elizabeth Wellington (University of Warwick) Survival of pathogenic bacteria in the environment.

Thursday 1 December: Victoria Wells of Antibiotic Action: The global challenge of antimicrobial resistance.

Monday 18 July: Prof Kirill Alexandrov (Molecular Warehouse): Repurposing glucose monitoring technology for detecting DNA of infectious organisms.

Monday 11 July: Dr Sid Thakur (NCSU): A systems-based 'One Health' approach to understand the complex dynamics of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenges.

Monday 6 June: Tackling antimicrobial resistance: human and animal behaviour.

Tuesday 12 April: Sandpit: Collaborative research funding event.

Friday 11 March: Antibiotic resistance in bacteria: the problem with TB.

Tuesday 23 February: Big data and modelling in healthcare.

Friday 22 January: Ehealth: from sensing, the IoT to big data - digital innovation in animal health.

Thursday 10 December: Ian Gilmore (NPL): 3D metabolic imaging – the challenge going from tissue scale to single bacteria.

Friday 13 November: Rapid Diagnostics.

Wednesday 4 November: CHAIR launch.


  • Antifouling coatings to prevent biofilm formation
  • Surface printing to investigate drug effects on real surfaces
  • Towards selective detection of AMR bacteria with a disposable electrical sensor
  • Towards low cost very rapid diagnostics
  • AMR data in time and space, animal-human-environment ESBL transfers
  • Understanding the pharmacokinetics of antibiotic implants for veterinary applications
  • Modelling mycobacterial persistence.


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Angela Day

CHAIR Administrator

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Dr Konstanze Hild

Teaching Fellow in Advanced Technology Institute

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Professor Roberto La Ragione

Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Deputy Head of School

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Professor Johnjoe McFadden

Professor of Molecular Genetics, Associate Dean (International)

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Dr Maxim Shkunov

Senior Lecturer

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