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Simon Andrews

Portrait of Simon Andrews

Head of the Microbiology Research Group

Lead for Unit of Assessment 3 (Research Divisions: Pharmacy and BSBE)


  • Part 1: Bacteriology & Virology; Key Skills
  • Part 2: The Bacterial Cell; Molecular Genetics; Marine Biology; Key Skills
  • Part 3: Bacterial Function; Applied & Integrated Biochemistry; Final Year Project
  • MRes: Research techniques, analysis & experimental design; Research Project

Research centres and groups

Microbiome and Iron Research Group
Current team members
International Collaborators

  • Dr Muhammad Shahzad (Postdoctoral Visitor at Reading), Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Dr F Baron & S Jan, INRA, Renne, France
  • Dr Ligia Savavia, ITQB, Oeiras, Portugal
  • Dr M Al-Tonsy, Sohag, Egypt

National Collaborators

  • Prof Martin Woodward (Folium Science)
  • Prof Roberto La Ragione, Dr Arnoud van Vliet (Surrey)
  • Drs Claire Seeley, Doug Barker (Royal Berkshire Hospital)
  • Prof Hal Drakesmith (Oxford)
  • Dr Charlotte Edwards-Gayle & Prof Nathan Cowieson (Diamond LightSource)
  • Dr Dora Pereira (Cambridge)
  • Dr Isabel Moraes (National Physics Lab)
  • Drs Penny Hirsch and Tim Mauchline, Rothamsted Research
  • Dr Nicola Holden, James Hutton Institute
  • Prof N Le Brun, School of Chemistry, UEA
  • Dr M Thomas, Medical School, University of Sheffield
  • Prof T Sorensen, Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire
  • Drs H Atkins and M Sakar-Tyson, DSTL, Porton Down
  • Dr M East, Biological Sci, University of Southampton

Research projects

  • Funding from BBSRC
  • Iron storage and release in bacteria
  • Iron transport, regulation and homeostasis in Gram-negative bacteria
  • Role of iron in bacterial pathogenicity and gut colonisation
  • Virulence in 'commensal' Lactic Acid Bacteria
  • Impact of iron and zinc on the gut microbiota
  • Anti-microbial resistance
  • Bacterial survival in egg white


  • Member of the , Food BioSystems DTP and Institute for Food and Nutritional Healt
  • Assistant Editor for BioMetals
  • Advisory Board for Molecular Microbiology
  • Editorial Board for MicrobiologyOpen
  • Faculty1000 member since 2005
  • International advisory board Biometals Int Conference
  • Editor for 'Iron uptake and homeostasis in microorganisms' (2010) Pub Caister Academic Press

Impact, Enterprise and Outreach

  • Host for Nuffield Bursary students and STEM Ambassador
  • Radio Berkshire and BBC South interviews
  • Contributor to Microbiology OOC
  • Recent Presentations to clinicians: Annual Scientific Conference of United Iraqi Medical Association, Novotel Heathrow Hotel (17/11/18); Association of Anaesthetists Core Topics Reading (8/2/19 - excellent feedback score received 8.93/10); Oxford Region Intensive Care Society 'Controversies in ICU' Thames Valley Lido, Reading (25/4/19 - excellent feedback); RBH Pathological Soc Annual Oration (16/10/19)
  • Recent Public presentations: Pint of Science (20/5/19); Reading Geeks (13/11/18); CafĂ© Scientifique (5/09/19)


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