Medical Microbiology

Scanning electron microscope image of a Pseudomonas biofilm

Scanning electron microscope image of a Pseudomonas biofilm

We have world class experts with intensive research programmes dedicated to understanding how microbes cause disease in humans and identifying potential therapeutic targets. These are primarily focussed around bacterial and viral pathogens, including:


  • Yersinia pestis (cause of the plague)
  • Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and endocarditis infections)
  • Streptococcus (necrotizing fasciitis)
  • Escherichia coli O157 (gut and renal infections)


Cryo-EM image of a virus

cryo-EM view of the Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, a biohazard group 3 pathogen that is carried by the common house mouse (Mus musculus) worldwide

  • Tick borne flaviviruses (haemorrhages, encephalitis)
  • Retroviruses (HIV)
  • Hepaciviruses (hepatitis)
  • Baculoviruses (insect infections)
  • Coronavirus (SARS)
  • Arenavirus (Lassa fever)
  • Orthomyxovirus (influenza)

We also have significant research programmes examining the microbiome of the human gut and to understanding the changes that occur in the resident microbial populations that leads to onset of gut diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colorectal cancer and ulcerative colitis. 

Talk to us about Medical Microbiology, if you are interested in doing a PhD or require a service:

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