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Molecular microbiology

Our research in molecular microbiology spans medical, environmental and industrial environments, and the broad area of food sciences and food safety.

We research molecular microbiology.
We research molecular microbiology.

Molecular microbiology of red meat safety

This sub-area focuses on foodborne pathogenic bacteria, food science with a focus on food safety and pathogenic bacteria in a range of environments including food.

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School of Public Health

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Associate Professor Gary Dykes
Associate Professor Gary Dykes is Deputy Head of the School of Public Health. He has a strong research background in microbiology with a focus on foodborne pathogenic bacteria.

Dr Ranil Coorey
Dr Coorey is a lecturer in the School of Public Health. He has research interests in the broad area of food science with a focus on food safety.

Dr Joshua Ravensdale
Dr Ravensdale is a Research Fellow in the School of Public Health. His research interests focus on pathogenic bacteria in a range of environments including food.


Microbiomes in medical, environmental and industrial processes

This sub-area focuses on pathogen-host and microbiome interactions in health and disease, the influence of lung and gut microbiome dynamics, and their function on shaping health and disease, and the microbial ecology of environmental systems.

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School of Biomedical Sciences

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Professor Fergal O’Gara
Professor O’Gara is an international expert in pathogen-host and microbiome interactions in health and disease. His programme also includes metagenomic technology applied to the biodiscovery of next generation anti-infective and anti-cancer therapeutics.

Dr Jose A. Caparrós-Martín
Dr Caparrós-Martín is a molecular biologist and geneticist with experience in bioinformatics pipelines for analysis of NGS data. His research focuses on the influence of lung and gut microbiome dynamics and their function on shaping health and disease.

Professor Elizabeth Watkin
Professor Watkin’s research focuses on the microbial ecology of environmental systems, biotechnological processes for environmental and industrial applications and approaches to mitigating microbiological caused problems such as biocorrosion and biofouling.


Molecular cell biology and development

This sub-area focuses on how phospholipids regulate the integrity of membrane trafficking pathways.

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School of Biomedical Sciences

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Dr Carl Mousley
Dr Mousley’s research focuses on how phospholipids regulate the integrity of membrane trafficking pathways, and how the secretory pathway coordinates cell cycle progression.


Antimicrobial resistance and gene transfer

This sub-area focuses on horizontal gene transfer in the context of antibiotic resistance evolution and pathogen-host and microbiome interactions in health and disease.

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School of Biomedical Sciences

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Dr Josh Ramsay
Dr Ramsay investigates horizontal gene transfer in the context of antibiotic resistance evolution, bacterial nitrogen fixation and plant symbiosis.

Professor Fergal O’Gara
Professor O’Gara is an international expert in pathogen-host and microbiome interactions in health and disease. His programme also includes metagenomic technology applied to the biodiscovery of next generation anti-infective and anti-cancer therapeutics.


Environmental and agricultural microbes and synthetic biology

This sub-area focuses on the microbial ecology of environmental systems, horizontal gene transfer in the context of antibiotic resistance evolution and pathogen-host and microbiome interactions in health and disease.

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School of Biomedical Sciences

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Professor Elizabeth Watkin Professor Watkin’s research focuses on the microbial ecology of environmental systems, biotechnological processes for environmental and industrial applications and approaches to mitigating microbiological caused problems such as biocorrosion and biofouling.

Dr Josh Ramsay Dr Ramsay investigates horizontal gene transfer in the context of antibiotic resistance evolution, bacterial nitrogen fixation and plant symbiosis.

Professor Fergal O’Gara Professor O’Gara is an international expert in pathogen-host and microbiome interactions in health and disease. His programme also includes metagenomic technology applied to the biodiscovery of next generation anti-infective and anti-cancer therapeutics.


Microbial and metagenomic  bio-discovery platforms – microbes to molecules

This sub-area focuses on pathogen-host and microbiome interactions in health and disease and the influence of lung and gut microbiome dynamics and their function on shaping health and disease.

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School of Biomedical Sciences

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Professor Fergal O’Gara Professor O’Gara is an international expert in pathogen-host and microbiome interactions in health and disease. His programme also includes metagenomic technology applied to the biodiscovery of next generation anti-infective and anti-cancer therapeutics.

Dr Jose A. Caparrós-Martín Dr Caparrós-Martín is a molecular biologist and geneticist with experience in bioinformatics pipelines for analysis of NGS data. His research focuses on the influence of lung and gut microbiome dynamics and their function on shaping health and disease.