Athena Swan Gold Award

Department of Microbial Sciences

Our ultimate goals are not only to develop novel treatments for important human diseases, but also to establish beneficial applications of microbes for biotechnology.

About us

We study host-pathogen interactions in a range of bacteria and viruses, including:

  • Mycobacteria
  • Enteric pathogens
  • Neisseria
  • Herpesviruses
  • Human norovirus
  • Dengue virus.

We also use microorganisms to further our understanding of basic cellular mechanisms such as protein translation and the role of RNA binding proteins.

In the area of synthetic biology, we are developing methods to exploit microorganisms for the production of compounds of medical and industrial interest.