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SARS coronavirus particle that shows how variations in how the viral proteins interact are related to the size and shape of the virus particle

SARS coronavirus particle that shows how variations in how the viral proteins interact are related to the size and shape of the virus particle

Welcome to the Microbiology website of the University of Reading.

The microbiology research and teaching is located on the beautiful Whiteknights campus and includes facilities such as:

  • Category 3 containment rooms
  • High resolution imaging systems
  • Artificial gut bioreactors and anaerobic growth chambers
  • High throughput robots
  • State-of-the-art genomics, proteomics and chemical analysis machines.

The research varies from fundamental studies, including:

  • use of genetics to identify phenotypes and study pathogen evolution and microbial ecology
  • biochemical analysis of protein structure and function
  • structural biology examining viral assembly
  • applied work leading to the development of anti-viral therapies, pre- and pro-biotics, bioremediation agents and soil fertilisers

Importantly, much of the research is interdisciplinary, with various researchers spanning more than one area and there are many dynamic interactions between research groups

Much of the research underpins teaching and undergraduate students are able to work in research laboratories on summer scholarships and in final year thesis projects. Students can also join Masters degrees or undertake a PhD in a variety of different laboratories.

The University of Reading founded the first Department of Microbiology in the UK in 1951. Building on its pedigree, the University today employs academic members of staff in various fundamental and applied fields of microbiology who are engaged in world class research.

Microbiology Staff

Dr Kimon Andreas-Karatzas

Dr Andreas Karatzas

Physiology and genetics of human pathogenic bacteria

Professor Simon Andrews


Escherichia coli, iron and metals

Dr Dimitris Charalampopoulos

Dr Dimitris Charalampopoulos

Fermentation of probiotic bacteria

Dr Simon Clarke


Staphylococcus and Streptococcus infections

Professor James Cook


Microbial endosymbionts of insects

Professor Glenn Gibson

Glenn Gibson

Gut microbiology, prebiotics, probiotics

Professor Rob Jackson


Microbial genetics of pathogenic bacteria, Pseudomonas

Dr Hannah Jones


Soil microbial ecology and organic farming

Professor Ian Jones


Virus protein function, HIV, hepatitis

Dr Marie Lewis


Gut Immunology

Dr Sheila MacIntyre


Protein secretion and fimbriae assembly

Dr Anne McCartney

Dr Anne McCartney

Gut microbial ecology

Dr Ben Neuman


Virus structural biology

Dr Alejandra Perotti

Alejandra Perotti

Bacterial endo- ectosymbionts of arthropods

Dr Brian Pickles

Brian Pickles

Plant ecology

Professor Bob Rastall

Dr Bob Rastall

Bacterial extracellular polysaccharides

Dr Liz Shaw

Dr Liz Shaw

Soil and plant root microbial ecology

Professor Michael Shaw

Mike Shaw

Epidemiology of fungal pathogens

Dr Marcus Tindall

Marcus Tindall

Mathematical modelling of Intracellular signalling in bacterial chemotaxis and biofilms

Dr Carol Wagstaff

Dr Carol Wagstaff

Fungal and bacterial impacts on food

Prof Martin Woodward

Prof Martin Woodward Veterinary microbiology and human pathogens

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