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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

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Our people

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