Microbiology Research Group

Head: Professor Simon Andrews


VirusResearch interests within this theme include the structure and function of viruses and viral proteins and many aspects of bacterial biology including host-pathogen interactions, iron homeostasis and protein secretion. Our research covers a wide range of pathogens including bacteria such as E.coli, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Pseudomanas and Yersinia pestis as well as viruses such as retroviruses, hepaciviruses, coronaviruses and tick-borne flaviviruses.


This group's ambition is to further the understanding, treatment and control of infectious disease, with a focus on bacterial and viral pathogens. Transmissible disease remains a major cause of global mortality (~25% of worldwide deaths) and key challenges include emergence of new infectious agents, impact of environmental change and spread of antibiotic resistance. Research at Reading addresses these challenges.

Over the next five years, the Microbiology group will:

  1. Exploit current industrial links to identify novel microbial agents for biocontrol of key insect pests and plant pathogens.
  2. Research membrane-altering viral proteins in order to employ them as tools to improve the delivery of gene therapy.
  3. Commercialise novel vaccines for Foot and Mouth Disease and haemorrhagic fever.


Academics Research Interests

Professor Simon Andrews

[Head of Microbiology Research Group]

Molecular Bacteriology, Iron regulation and virulence, Functional genomics in E.Coli

Dr Simon Clarke


Molecular Bacteriology, Host-pathogen interactions, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes

Professor Rob Jackson


Molecular Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Pseudomonas biology

Professor Ian Jones


Molecular Virology, Retroviruses, Hepaciviruses, Baculoviruses

Dr Sheila MacIntyre


Molecular Bacteriology, Protein secretion, Pili assembly, Fish pathogens

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