CHAIR: Collaborative hub for advancing interdisciplinary research

Start date

04 November 2015

End date

30 September 2017


The Collaborative Hub for Advancing Interdisciplinary Research (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.

Aims and objectives

The aim of 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.



Angela Day

CHAIR Administrator

Dr Konstanze Hild

Teaching Fellow in Advanced Technology Institute

Roberto La Ragione

Professor Roberto La Ragione

Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology




  • 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.