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.

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

Dame Sally Davies TEDx talk

England's Chief Medical Officer sounds the alarm on antibiotics in this must see TEDx talk.


Wednesday 13 September 2017: CHAIR Celebration Event: 'The economics of antimicrobial resistance and solving the threat', Lord O'Neill.

Tuesday 18 July 2017: New and emerging threats of AMR from a global perspective: Dr Sid Thakur, North Carolina State University.

Thursday 8 June 2017: 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 2017: Modelling and Big Data: Reports from two CHAIR projects: 'AMR Data, Animal- Human- Environment ESBL transfers', and 'Modelling mycobacterial persistence'.

Wednesday 29 March 2017: 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 2016: Prof Elizabeth Wellington (University of Warwick) Survival of pathogenic bacteria in the environment.

Thursday 1st December 2016: Victoria Wells of Antibiotic Action: The global challenge of antimicrobial resistance.

Monday 18 July 2016: Prof Kirill Alexandrov (Molecular Warehouse): Repurposing glucose monitoring technology for detecting DNA of infectious organisms.

Monday 11 July 2016: Dr Sid Thakur (NCSU): A systems-based 'One Health' approach to understand the complex dynamics of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenges.

Monday 6 June 2016: Tackling antimicrobial resistance: human and animal behaviour.

Tuesday 12 April 2016: Sandpit: Collaborative research funding event.

Friday 11 March 2016: Antibiotic resistance in bacteria: the problem with TB.

Tuesday 23 February 2016: Big data and modelling in healthcare.

Friday 22 January 2016: Ehealth: from sensing, the IoT to big data - digital innovation in animal health.


Thursday 10 December 2015: Ian Gilmore (NPL): 3D metabolic imaging – the challenge going from tissue scale to single bacteria.

Friday 13 November 2015: Rapid Diagnostics.

Wednesday 4th November 2015: CHAIR launch.

We also held two sandpit events in which we gave out internal funding for collaborative projects.

We had five successful projects from our first sandpit (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.


  • 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 vetinary applications
  • Modelling mycobacterial persistence

For more in-depth information please download our CHAIR booklet.


Robert Dorey

Professor of Nanomaterials

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Angela Day

CHAIR Administrator

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Konstanze Hild

Research Fellow

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Roberto La Ragione

Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases

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Johnjoe McFadden

Professor of Molecular Genetics

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Maxim Shkunov

Senior Lecturer

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