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We work on topics like patient treatment regimens, catheter design and management, and surgical instrument decontamination.


In collaboration with other biological science faculties, our research areas are: 

  • environmental agri-food and clinical settings of physiology 
  • antimicrobial resistance 
  • development 
  • evolution 
  • genetics
  • molecular ecology of biofilms
  • microbiome communities
  • infectious prions

We have recently led a successful bid by 4 leading Russell Group research institutions and a wider partnership of 14 collaborating institutions across the UK for the new National Innovation Biofilm Centre funded by: 

  • the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
  • Innovate UK  
  • partnering companies

Research highlights

People, projects and publications


Dr Catherine Bryant

Research Fellow
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Professor Charles Keevil

Professor In Environmental Health Care
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Dr Daniel Kaganovich

Associate Professor of Neurobiology
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Professor Jeremy Webb

Professor of Microbiology

Research interests

  • Microbial biofilms and their control
  • Adaptive biology and evolution of microorganisms
  • Biofilm-associated infection

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Marc Dumont

Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology

Research interests

  • Methanotrophs and methane cycling
  • Microbial communities in soils, sediments, and aquatic systems
  • Biogeochemical cycles

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Nela Nikolic

Lecturer in Microbiology

Research interests

  • Roles of accessory genetic elements in bacterial resilience
  • Dynamic interactions between bacterial viruses (phages) and bacterial populations
  • Novel antimicrobial treatments and phage therapy against bacterial diseases

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Rodolphe Herve

Senior Research Fellow
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Dr Sandra Wilks

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Applied biofilm research
  • Medical devices
  • Infection prevention

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Professor Vladimir Jiranek


Research interests

  • Microbiology of beverage fermentations 
  • Cell-cell interations and filamentous/invasive growth in yeast
  • How has yeast evolved to survive in nature and interact with insects 

Accepting applications from PhD students

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My research group aims to understand how biofilms develop and disperse and how they respond to environmental stresses including therapeutic compounds.
Professor of Microbiology