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Introducing Martin Woodward - new Chair of Gut Microbiome Studies

Professor Martin Wooward

Professor Martin Woodward

The University is delighted to announce that Professor Martin Woodward will be joining the University this month as the first in our strategic investment posts.

Martin is a top class international researcher who specialises in microbiology. He has over 30 years of experience in microbiology that has focused on public and veterinary health.

Martin will play a leading role in our microbiology strategies across campus and will have a pivotal role in the Centre for Food Security. It is a great coup for the University to acquire someone of Martin's talent and calibre.

Martin is looking forward to working closely with colleagues with expertise in in vitro gut models to take his interests in the control of gut borne pathogens in the context of the gut microbiome further.

His particular interests have been in the host pathogen interactions primarily of gut borne pathogens such as the non-typhoidal Salmonellas, the various pathotypes of Escherichia coli especially E. coli O157, Clostridia, Brachyspira and other spirochaetes.

Martin has also worked on developing novel approaches to suppress the carriage of food borne pathogens including studies on the use and impact of antimicrobials, especially innate and acquired resistance, the potential that pre- and probiotics may have and the development of vaccines.

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